“My name is Andrea. I’m 52 and live in Hastings.
Back in October 2015 through no fault of my own I had to give up my home. I was devastated and never been made homeless before. I found it really hard to tell my family and friends so I only confided in a couple of them. I stayed at a friend’s on a sofa and next day someone else’s. They were lovely to me as I have a Jack Russell.
In the end instead of putting on my friends I started to stay in the car in a carpark near a holiday park, so was able to use the toilet and freshen up. It was very cold, me and my dog cuddled up under a few throws as I didn’t want anyone to see me night. I went and put my name on the housing list and was offered emergency accommodation but they couldn’t take in my dog so I had to carry on in my car.
It wasn’t long before I was able to bid on flats, and I could finally dare to see an end to the devastating and humiliating time my dog and I had gone through. Then out of the blue I received a phone call from BHT with those words I had waited for 4 months to hear, ‘we have a flat that we think would suit you.’ I met up with the Housing Officer, Shirley the next day. When I saw the flat I loved it so much and knew this was the right place for me.
I went to the office and signed the tenancy agreement and they handed me the keys. I cried with relief, but it didn’t just stop there, BHT was able to get me help for furniture and cooker from the Magdalene charity trust which was so generous I don’t know what I would have done without all the help. I have been in my beautiful flat with my dog for eight months now.
BHT continues to help me in any way and I feel they are a massive safety net around me and thank you from the bottom of my heart and especially to Shirley.”