21st September 2018

Case Study - B

B is a very chaotic but likeable service user. I have only worked with B for the past six months but B is well known to all the services for a lack of engagement and not holding down any supported accommodation.

B has been in and out of prison over the years and currently has a banning order in place, which means B cannot access to the city centre. B currently claims benefits but is at risk of losing them due to missed appointments. B is on a methadone script and is engaging with us and another support service.

B's chaotic behaviour led to a eviction from the local emergency hostel. The council have also discharged a duty of care towards B, as B has made himself “intentionally homeless”.

Although B did engage with staff at the hostel and started to attend appointments, B did not attend key working sessions. B's mental health declined the longer they were there and B had an argumentative outburst towards the hostel’s staff.

I feel that B cannot cope in a hostel environment or supported accommodation and this leads to B being evicted, creating a revolving door scenario as B goes from the streets, to supported accommodation and back again. The rigid rules and regulations in hostels and supported accommodation do not work for B and lead to B's evictions.

Simon on the Streets will continue to support B.

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10th October 2018

Case Study - Getting back on track

Dave (not his real name) has been supported intensively by our Outreach Worker for approximately seven months. When we first started working with Dave, he was sleeping rough, was not claiming benefits and had an all-consuming drug problem.