"People don’t understand what homelessness does – to your soul and to your head"

West Sussex Homelessness Prevention Partnership Client

I owe my life to my Floating Support Officer and her team.

Sometimes the simple act of a death can catapult you into homelessness.

After 10 years of prompt rent payments, I found myself evicted. ‘Bad tenant’ is such a horrible, misleading phrase. The stigma started. If your spirits are low they become lower. What happens if you have no close family to support you?

When a live-in housing-keeping job was offered to me I jumped at the opportunity and moved to Worthing, not realising that I would receive no hot water, bed, or payment, and that I should be grateful. I was, until the locks were changed.

I felt alone and lost and mentally very fragile. Very tired, flattened, crushed by life, and suicidal. People don’t understand what homelessness does – to your soul and to your head.

Southdown rescued me with a telephone call and got me into a B&B. They kept me calm and kept me safe. I owe my life to my Floating Support Officer and her team.

Southdown cannot solve the housing crisis in this country, but they offer help and support, and perhaps above all showed that someone actually cared about me. They were a lifeline.

Thank you Team Southdown. Where would I be without you?

The West Sussex Homelessness Prevention Partnership (WSHPP) is an integrated service that offers a dynamic way of working, greatly benefiting multi-disciplinary teams and their clients, by providing a combination of pre-tenancy support, supported accommodation and floating support as well as some new and innovative targeted services for people at risk of homelessness.