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.

  • 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.
  • Jacob's story
    Jacob had a history of multiple offences, substance use and had been unemployed for almost 20 years. Through the held of our Bridge the Gap programme he has now started University and has a part-time job.
  • Scott's Story
    Scott is all too familiar with the effect that sleeping rough can have on a person's health, even for someone as young as 35.
  • 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.