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Helping hand sees homeless customer move into their own home

Lukas was 19 years old when he moved into supported housing at the Foyer on the Isle of Wight. The Foyer provides emergency accommodation for up to 46 young people between the age of 16 and 30, who are at risk of homelessness.

Before becoming practically homeless, Lukas was studying at the Isle of Wight’s music college, but he was asked to leave the family home. Being at imminent risk of becoming homeless, Lukas reached out to the local authority - who signposted him to Sovereign and the team at the Foyer.

His life has changed for the better thanks to the support he received.

Recalling the process of becoming a resident, Lukas told us that getting an offer of accommodation was a relief, and the team acted quickly to provide as much support as possible. Within 24 hours of being signposted to Sovereign, he was at the Foyer, settling into his new room.

While there, the team provided support to help Lukas move forward in life. He received advice on Housing Benefit and how to look for permanent accommodation. With encouragement from the Sovereign team, he also took part in activities which support independent living and boosted his confidence, such as cooking and crafts.

As a result of the support he received, he has successfully moved on from the Foyer and found a place of his own.

Our support certainly didn’t stop when Lukas moved into his new home. Colleagues from the Foyer helped Lukas set up utility accounts and worked with charities to find white goods and furnishings for his new home.

Speaking about the support he received from Sovereign’s Foyer he said: “It made me a more confident person. I now have my own place, recently moving into my own flat which was a big achievement. The resettlement support I’ve received has been really useful too.”

To find out more about our approach to combatting homelessness and our supported housing services, head to our webpage.