Steve's Story

Steve's Story

As told by Steve’s worker:

“I’d often see Steve sitting in the same spot in Bath and suspected he might be homeless. It took several conversations with him before he opened up about his story. He was 69 years old and had been rough sleeping for 16 years. He spent his days doing occasional gardening work and each night he slept in a survival bag in a cemetery, folding it away in the morning to leave no trace.

“In all those years, he hadn’t realised he was entitled to benefits, so we started by getting him set up with his pension and secured the back-payment of what he hadn’t claimed for four years. We supported him into sheltered accommodation and to get his bus pass. When I meet him now, he is much happier thanks to having the security of a home, a regular income and the sense of being part of the community.”

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