Stories

Ian

How did you become homeless? I came out of a two-bedroom accommodation, which was full of drugs that weren’t mine, with people coming in and out. I had my son living with me, and then my son went to live with my brother, and I’d just come out onto the streets. You can’t bring him […]

Lennie

How did you become homeless? I was with the mother of my children for 14 years, and after she cheated on me I went downhill. I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs. There used to be nine of us siblings, I used to have seven brothers but I lost four.. Lost two of […]

Carrie

Unfortunately, many homeless people have had difficult childhoods entwined with social services, typically finding themselves in and out of care. Carrie’s story followed this pattern. Throughout her life, Carrie had a tumultuous relationship with her parents. At an early age, a violent relationship drove Carrie and her mother away to a women’s refuge, where her […]

Anonymous

This story was kindly shared with us by someone at Barnabus drop in centre who wishes to remain anonymous… How did you become homeless? Well I was studying at Salford, Media and Performance. I was in my first year, and I was going to be an actor. But then my mum kicked me out on […]

Zultan

How did you become homeless? I was in the USA for 15 years, and I got back to my country, Hungary, with a lot of money and stuff. The same night, I got robbed. So that’s how I became a homeless person. For that five month period, all I had was my ID card and […]

Dusty

How did you become homeless? I’m not originally from around here, but I came to get away from a violent situation. So, that’s how I ended up on the streets of Manchester. What were your experiences of life on the street? When I first came here, of course I was very scared. Being homeless is […]

Rachel

How did you become homeless? I’m a trans-lesbian woman and I was in a lesbian relationship. But she tried to assault me – I’m a black belt in jujitsu, so she never managed to lay a finger on me. But she kicked me out and binned all my clothes. So, I was sleeping rough for […]

Jacek’s story

A mixture of things led me to being out of work and having nowhere to stay. I broke up with my girlfriend and ended up losing my job at about the same time. This led to me drinking more and things got worse. I couldn’t pay my rent so my landlord evicted me. I went […]

Jo

How did you become homeless? I’d been in prison, but they couldn’t sort me any accommodation for when I was getting out. The housing officer couldn’t get me anything with the housing association because of some problem with rent arrears. My benefits hadn’t been getting paid regularly, and so it had built up this debt […]