Across the UK, homelessness and rough sleeping have been rising sharply in recent years. Causes include high rents, a shortage of suitable accommodation, insecure employment, and changes to welfare support.
Rough sleeping in the south east of England increased by 169% between 2010 and 2017, according to Homeless Link.
Access to appropriate healthcare services is problematic, particularly for those suffering from addictions and mental ill-health. Many people require long-term psychotherapeutic help, which is not easily available.
At Trinity we have worked with many individuals who, because of their complex needs, have struggled to obtain and retain accommodation.
Public Health England’s view is that no single intervention on its own will reduce or prevent homelessness and that a system-wide integrated approach is needed to ensure that a range of linked services are available to meet the issues presented by those with highly complex needs.
After a period of rough sleeping, triggered by the death of my father, Trinity helped me find settled accommodation and provided support that I can now share with others. I now chair its regional Co-Production Board for Expert Link, plan to return to further education and I’m seeking to re-establish family links.
I was in a dark and difficult place, but Trinity counselling helped me understand and deal with my husband’s unhealthy behaviour. It restored my confidence and self-esteem. I now have a job and feel independent and free to enjoy life. The counselling has not only helped me but has also had a positive impact on my children and possibly theirs, too.
Severe trauma impacted my mental health, which led to excessive drinking. This prevented me from finding secure accommodation. Trinity helped me take the first steps on the road to recovery and address some complex and long-term issues. I now have the key to a place of my own and continue to receive support as I transition from entrenched rough sleeper to tenant and neighbour.