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 watch some of our clients and staff talking about our work.

  • Raymond's Story
    Raymond is in his 50s and recently moved on from a St Mungo’s Broadway hostel. Before coming to St Mungo’s Broadway, he was homeless for 10 years. Raymond has faced a number of problems with his health, which got much worse when he was sleeping rough.
  • Les' story
    After spending time in hospital following a brain haemorrhage, Les began drinking heavily and sleeping rough. After being assisted by our outreach teams, he moved to one of our west London hostels and has now been sober for 14 months. He shares his story.
  • Lloyd's story
    Lloyd explains how he first became homeless when he was young, and the impact it's had on his life. As a result of his experiences, Lloyd is committed to speaking out for young people so that they don't go through the same thing.
  • Andy's story
    Andy has overcome many challenges over the years, and has struggled to access the support he needed. After seven years of sleeping rough, he is now staying at one of our London hostels and feels that his situation and his health have dramatically improved: “Things have improved. 100% – more than that, 110%.”
  • Izabela's* story
    When Izabela lost her job, she was asked to leave her accommodation and became homeless. In April, she was put in touch with our Skills and Employment service and joined the RollOnMonday placement initiative. She now works as an Events and Conference Assistant in central London and has been able to move into her own flat again.
  • James' story
    James, 55, is currently staying in one of our London hostels, and talks about his experiences of sleeping rough while living with HIV.
  • Neil's story
    Neil has been an apprentice at a St Mungo’s Broadway accommodation project in Camden since October 2014. The project supports homeless people with mental health problems. Neil is in a unique position to support his clients as he spent two years homeless himself.
  • Barry's story
    Barry first became homeless when he was just 18. When sleeping rough his difficulties with alcohol got much worse and he was, during one particularly scary night, set alight in his sleeping bag. With the support of his key worker, he has started to engage with local substance use services and is a residents' rep.
  • Graham's story (*not his real name)
    Graham had a history of substance use and mental health problems. Since joining our Adamson Road project, he has been put on medication, stopped drinking and smoking, started exercising and reversed and eradicated Type 2 diabetes.
  • Colin's story
    At the start of 2013, Colin Rosie was sleeping rough on the streets of Westminster. Today, he is running his own vintage clothing stall in Spitalfields Market, after being successfully supported by our No Second Night Out project.