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The careers guidance teacher just said, get yourself a woman, have five or six kids, then go to the pub and the bookies every day. Imagine saying that to a bunch of school boys. I went to interviews but there was very little work for people of my age.
The unemployment rate went from one million to three million. My drug use led to prison. Prison led to harder drugs. Then people involved with drugs led me to be unable to stay in the place that I had. I had to stay in different parts of the Story that will turn me on, and my mental health started to suffer to the point where I had to see a psychiatrist.
They were terrible those places. I knew one young lad who was injecting heroin within a week of being there. To have your life go from perfectly normal, to having no security at all. Housing First was just very fortunate for me.
I had a new psychiatrist at that time and she was aghast when she heard my story and the situation I was in. I was diagnosed with schizophrenia and lost in the madness of heroin. My life was in a complete crisis. She actually called me back personally the following day to give me advice about the Turning Point Crisis centre.
I stayed there for a month, then I spent ten months in rehab, followed by nine months in a moving on centre. They would have just put me back out on the street probably. The manager of the moving on centre knew about the Housing First project. When she looked into my case she said that if anyone was a candidate then I was. I was interviewed times. All I knew it was people who were trying to help me. I was apprehensive about where it could be, but they explained it would be a permanent flat and support for people with a history like mine. I was just asked, Eric, would you be interested.
By that stage I just wanted my own place. I dread to think where I would be without them. Just to be anonymous again was a big relief. I live in a normal community away from old influences. I have my own keys and I manage my own home. I know I could still get evicted, but having that responsibility has always made me not do anything to risk that. Just knowing that people believe in you and are prepared to give you that respect makes a huge difference.
That makes me feel quite blessed now. They remind me about appointments and often come with me to attend them. I got a years free pass in the gym and a library card which led to me keeping fit and doing some creative writing. I even became a paid published author about my experience volunteering in the homeless world cup. Now I always look for events that are coming up. I feel a lot better in myself, but the more things I put between drugs and myself the better. They always say, if you need anything just phone.
I broke my arm once and they came with me to the hospital. They keep encouraging me to write a book about my life, but for now my one priority is to just keep stable and keep this house. Housing first is definitely part of the solution to homelessness. It was just a revolving door of drugs, prison and homelessness.
It turns out there is help, but I was just lucky they looked into my case when they did. In prison probably. You hear some terrible things that are going on now with homeless people. If the security, safety and support I have now was available for everybody, that would be a great thing.
Housing First is an internationally evidence-based approach, which uses independent, stable housing as a platform to enable individuals with multiple and complex needs to begin recovery and move away from homelessness. Having a place to call home also le to improvements in health and wellbeing, and reduces ineffective contact with costly public services. Unlike other supported housing models, individuals do not need to prove they are ready for independent housing, or progress through a series of accommodation and treatment services.
There are no conditions placed on them, other than a willingness to maintain a tenancy agreement, and Housing First is deed to provide long-term, open-ended support for their on-going needs. It has since been widely adopted in the USA and become central to the national homelessness strategies in Canada, Denmark, Finland and France, demonstrating widespread success.
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