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Are you homeless in Hertfordshire, sofa surfing or at risk of becoming homeless? Get help now!


hyh is a unique charity in Hertfordshire providing services to support vulnerable people.

Our focus is on preventing homelessness - from education in schools and family mediation through to supporting 16-24 year olds in their first homes or caring for adults of all ages who have mental health issues and housing needs.

Our services empower young people to be able to deal with the difficult situations in their lives, giving them the ability and confidence to ‘do it themselves’ and ultimately find stability.




Semirah's Story


Semira had a traumatic childhood. Born in Africa, she grew up in a world shaped by the horrors of war and conflict.

She never met her father. He died fighting and at the age of seven, Semira saw her mother for the last time as she was taken away by the military. She witnessed the shooting of her older brother and believes her younger brother was killed whilst fleeing the country.

When Semira was referred to hyh, she had recently had a baby and needed support setting up her new home following time in a hostel.

hyh immediately helped her with a Universal Credit application, however there was a five week wait for the first payment so  she received food parcels and nappies to help cover the long wait.  

With help from hyh, Semira received discounts on water, gas and electricity and is exempt from council tax allowing her to cope better financially. Semira has also been offered mental health support due to her traumatic childhood.

Now that there is support behind her, Semira is keen to train as a nurse. She has already completed a Health and Social course and is going to continue with her studies. She is coping very well with motherhood and has a great bond with her baby.

Semira is grateful for the support from hyh with helping her manage her tenancy and both her and her child are now finally settling into their new life together.

Semira's Story


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How your donation could make a difference



travel warrant

could pay for a travel warrant
for a young person
phone card

could answer an urgent call
to our help line
food parcel

could pay for a food parcel
for one week
starter pack

could help us assist a young person
with their benefit application
starter pack

could pay for a mediation session
for a young person and their family
starter pack

could pay for a young person to attend
employment training
home truths

could pay for one Home Truths session
for up to 30 young people.


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