Homelessness Life Story – Patrick Burke

8 October 2019

Patrick Burke from Brighton feels he now has a real home, thanks to the support offered to him at a local homelessness service.

Resident posing for the camera

The Sussex resident, also known at PJ, first came to Sanctuary Supported Living’s Amber House in July 2016, after living at another supported housing service in the city.

The 55-year-old said: “All in all, I spent around seven or eight years sleeping rough, as well as having spells in prison. I also lost a privately rented flat in Lewes after falling behind with the rent.

“I finally began to turn my life around after taking on a shared accommodation tenancy, before moving to my own one-bed flat in Amber House.”

Amber House offers housing management support for adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and who have a learning disability, physical disability or mental health need.

PJ commented: “My project worker is great, without her support I would have lost my tenancy. She is very positive, she helps to keep me on the right path and live independently. I feel safe and secure.

“Since moving to Amber House I feel so much healthier. I’m eating well, I haven’t been in trouble with the police and I have stopped drinking. Even if things go wrong I know I can always get support.

“I have even started volunteering, and my next goal is to start a new role indoors, perhaps as a kitchen porter.”

Since moving to Amber House I feel so much healthier. Even if things go wrong I know I can always get support.

Patrick Burke, resident at Amber House

For more information about our homeless support services around the country, visit our homelessness page.

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