Real life stories of homeless people
People can become homeless for many reasons. We would like to say thanks to the clients who have shared their experiences with us, and talked about their hopes for their recovery and the future
In 2011 our Oral History project Street Stories gathered the stories of 41 residents. Listen to some of their stories and watch a short video by clients who conducted the oral history interviews (please be aware - some of the interviews contain strong language).
You can also some of our clients and staff talking about our work.
After a period of rough sleeping in 2012, Barrington came to a St Mungo's hostel and then began the Bricks and Mortar bricklaying and plastering course. However he found his low literacy was holding him back. At the age of 54, with the help of a St Mungo's literacy tutor, he learned to read.
Lee has slept rough for over 20 years and relied heavily on alcohol. He agreed to move into a St Mungo's hostel four years ago after a suicide attempt. He is now taking part in the Grow Your Own project, cut down his drinking, and is taking computing courses.
Robert had a very comfortable life before unemployment and alcohol use led to him sleeping rough. Here he talks about how Grow Your Own gardening project is giving him a focus and a space for his skills to flourish.
Gemskii ended up living on an office floor before she came to St Mungo's. She is now a performer and writer and has kindly agreed to sing on St Mungo's Christmas Advert.
After his relationship fell apart and he started to drink heavily Alan had a breakdown. He found himself sleeping rough but found help at St Mungo's.
David became homeless after his trusting and good nature led to him falling into debt. At St Mungo's he is taking big steps forward and has been involved in the Recovery College.
When Esther's application to renew her visa was rejected she lost her job and her home. It wasn't safe for her to return to her home area in Kenya and she was left with nowhere to stay.
Josef's life fell apart after his partner of 36 years passed away and he eventually found himself with nowhere to sleep but the streets. Living in a St Mungo's project has allowed Josef to rebuild his life and reconnect with his family.
After developing a drug problem which eventually led her to becoming homeless, Iria has managed to turn her life around and is now taking part in a food apprenticeship training programme
Maxine, 44, is from London: "It's very hard for a woman to ask for support. To say to a keyworker or probation officer, I've got a drug problem, can you help me? They think, if I share my truth, they are going to come and take my kids off me. So a lot of women don't say. They're scared."