Care worker tells of his two weeks sleeping rough after a council refused help and why he backs the homelessness reduction bill
On Friday, the homelessness reduction bill comes before parliament for its second reading. The private members’ bill presented by Conservative MP Bob Blackman would make sure no one is refused help because they’re not considered a “priority”. I hope that as many MPs as possible will back it, because this is what happened to me.
In 2015, I became homeless at the age of 47. Before then, I’d had a 20-year career in the care industry, supporting individuals with challenging behaviour, learning disabilities and mental health issues. I rented my own room, and had done for a good few years. One evening I had a phone call while I was at work informing me that my mother had passed away. I was working with young adults with mental health issues at the time, there were attempted suicides, and I found it hard to continue going to work. I didn’t see it at the time but I was depressed, and obviously grieving. I couldn’t cope, so I left my job and continued living where I was, supporting myself with the money I had in the bank. Everything was a blur around me and I just never got myself out of that darkness. Eventually, I was evicted because I couldn’t afford the rent anymore.
I sat behind a wall all night, wondering what to do, where to go. I felt like I didn’t exist
Source: The Guardian: Homelessness