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.

  • Anil's story
    After struggling with drug and alcohol use Anil left his family and started sleeping on the streets. With the help of St Mungo's Broadway he has tackled his substance use problems and is even starting his own business.
  • Tracey's Story
    Tracey is 46 and has been homeless since she was 18 years old. She is now a client at one of our hostels in Hammersmith, here she explains the difference the team there have made to her.
  • Jill's Story
    Jill, 46, moved to London when she was 19. After being caught in a violent relationship and losing her council tenancy she moved into one of our hostels.
  • Darren's Story
    Darren is a former resident at one of our Bristol hostels.
  • Mark's story
    Mark joined Bridge the Gap in January 2014. The Bridge the Gap programme is run in partnership between St Mungo's Broadway and Business in the Community in Bristol. It aims to help those who have experienced homelessness to progress towards their employment and training goals.
  • Moses' Story
    Moses is 53, he is a proud father and grandfather. He lives in a St Mungo's Broadway hostel after spending six months sleeping rough.
  • Mimi's story
    Mimi was abused by her step father and wasn't allowed to go to school.She ran away from home and eventually became a resident at our north London women's hostel, where things changed for her.
  • Barrington's story
    After a period of rough sleeping in 2012, Barrington came to a St Mungo's Broadway 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 Broadway literacy tutor, he learned to read.
  • Robert’s Story
    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's Story
    Gemskii ended up living on an office floor before she came to St Mungo's Broadway. She is now a performer and writer and has kindly agreed to sing on the Christmas Advert.