After a breakup, sofa surfing and sleeping in a car, we found Fred accommodation in one of our schemes.

Last Christmas we received a call from a local councils’ homeless team about Fred*.


Fred was in hospital due to ill health, and had been sofa surfing and sleeping in his car after a relationship breakdown.

At the time we had a vacant flat at one of our local schemes, and Tracy*, who works for Stonewater, went to assess Fred as soon as she could.

Fred was assessed as being suitable for our local scheme, but the vacant flat wasn’t fully ready for someone to move into, and it didn’t have any furniture. Luckily, the hospital recommended that Fred should stay the night in hospital so they could monitor his health. Meanwhile, the vacant flat work was prioritised and completed, allowing Fred to move in the very next day.

In the morning, Tracy called the hospital who said that Fred had already been discharged. After calling Fred, as well as the local hostels, Tracy waited at the scheme all day to see if he would contact her.

At 5.45pm, Fred rang the office – he’d gone to his car to get some clothes, only to discover that it had been broken into, and his tools and stereo were stolen. Luckily, when he arrived half an hour later at the scheme, Tracy was still there, and gave him the keys to the furnished guest room.

Fred stayed in the guest room for a week during which Tracy put in an application to the Longleigh Foundation for a £500 grant to pay for a new bed, mattress, bedding and fridge for the vacant flat. Fortunately, another tenant was replacing their sofa, as well as other items that Fred could use for his new home.

Nine months later Fred is still living at the scheme, where he attends a computer and CV course to help him get back on his feet.

Fred is looking forward to moving out when he can, and is thriving - more than he ever has for a long time.

*We have used alias’s to protect identities.