Ben's Story


Ben was 24 when he and his mum were evicted.

They spent the night in a garage, surrounded by their belongings, trying to keep warm.

“I will sort myself out, you go back to work” Ben said to his mum.

Ben resorted to sofa surfing as it was easier to find places to stay when he was apart from his mum. She then arranged for him to live with his brother, but it was not feasible as they did not have a great relationship.

After living in temporary accommodation at a YMCA hostel for two and a half years, Ben moved into his own home. However, he needed ongoing support, so he was referred to hyh.

“Live Life and hyh has helped me with so much over the past 3 or 4 years. I was able to meet new people, even though sometimes I was a little bit nervous. But after getting to know everyone, I felt so much more comfortable” mentions Ben.

Ben joined the hyh service ‘Live Life’ and regularly attended the meetings which helped him to develop his social skills and confidence. He received the support and encouragement he needed, which was particularly important for Ben’s mental health.

“I just want to say thank you to Herts Young Homeless and Live Life for all that they’ve done for me over the last 4 years” 



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