At HARP, we believe that with the right combination of shelter, support and educational, confidence boosting activities everyone has a good chance of overcoming homelessness. We help everyone who walks through our doors to address any issues that might surround their homelessness and help them get back on their feet again. Here are just a few stories from some of the people we have helped...

Ray had been moving between the homes of different friends and family for 20 years, having lost his home when the death of his mother in 1999 had a profound effect on him. When his options eventually ran out, Ray spent a few days sleeping in his car before he found out about HARP. He’s now living in our supported accommodation and is looking forward to moving into a place of his own.

Jack is 25 years old and came to HARP in June 2019 after being evicted by his landlord. He had been struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, which he used as a coping mechanism after his dad died and resulted in him losing jobs and eventually his home. Whilst at HARP, Jack got back on his feet, started recovery from his addictions and started studying. 

Mark now works for HARP’s property team but he initially came to our Bradbury Day Centre as a rough sleeper needing support after losing his job and the accommodation that came with it. Now he's going from strength to strength.

Having just moved out of HARP accommodation and into her own council flat, Marie has an important message for others who are struggling with homelessness and additional complex needs: "Don't give up!"

After escaping abusive relationships and overcoming alcohol addiction, Vicky came to HARP and has been staying at our single gender hostel, White Heather House. She’s now ready to move into her own home.


Lindsey came to HARP following a rollercoaster journey that started with a violent sexual assault which triggered severe mental illness. Like many who end up on the streets, Lindsey’s journey is a complex one.

“One night, he got really mad at me and he called me a lot of names, and then pushed me against the wall. I got really scared but he said he was sorry and he’d never do it again – but it only became more frequent”. 

Now a valued member of staff, Matthew's journey with HARP began after he found himself rough sleeping. Matt has overcome some huge battles - including addiction - to get to where he is today. He's now inspiring others to do the same.

After spending ten months on the streets, Andy came to HARP for help where he has, in his own words, "a new found security" and has been engaging in our meaningful activities.

After falling out with his mum and staying at a bed & breakfast, Robert found himself on the streets - until he found HARP. Through the help of his keyworker and support sessions, Robert has been taking steps to a new life away from the streets.

Keith moved back to England for help, after his finances and mental health got the better of him. He soon found HARP who helped him turn his life around and discover a new passion for gardening, which he is now pursuing as a career.

Ron spent thirty years between the streets and night shelters before coming to HARP. Now, in safe and secure HARP accommodation, Ron is taking important steps towards overcoming homelessness for good.

After coming out of an abusive relationship and making the heart-breaking decision to move her daughter into foster care, Julie's mental health spiralled and she found herself on the streets. But now with HARP's help, she is turning her life around.

Tony spent time with the army, where he experienced situations which led to post-traumatic stress. On leaving the army, he struggled to settle and soon became homeless. Now with the support of HARP, Tony is working towards beating homelessness.

After ten years of working whilst being homeless, the long hours and unstable accommodation took their toll on David, before a serious lung condition forced him out of work.

Jay, a civil engineer from Rochford, became homeless at the end of last year. After being referred by HARP to the Church Winter Night Shelters and then moving on to HARP accommodation, Jay has accessed the support he needed to overcome homelessness.

Darren has a history of mental health issues, addiction, and self-harm. After a childhood riddled with abuse, he has self-medicated for many years. But now, with support, he’s making great strides forward.

Paul was evicted from his home in Spain following the death of his mother. He then came home to the UK, only for his health to deteriorate -  “if I didn’t have a room at HARP I would have been discharged to the streets.”

“I was so negative about Christmas. I thought to myself, what am I going to do? Christmas day on the street or in a squat with no gas or electricity? But, thanks to HARP, I got a nice bed and a lovely meal."

John spent nearly ten years working and living out of a van before coming to HARP. Now, he is making great progress towards a new life away from the streets and along the way has discovered a passion for poetry and art through our meaningful activities.

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