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Tom’s story

Before working with Justlife, Tom lost his job after his employer found out he had been in prison, leaving him homeless and unemployed.

Tom’s Justlife Support Worker worked with the Probation service to secure him a place in temporary accommodation to prevent him from sleeping rough on the streets. His Support Worker helped him claim Universal Credit, register with a local GP, access medical care for his health needs, and apply for long-term housing.

After helping meet Tom’s immediate needs for safety and shelter, Justlife began looking into long-term housing options, such as registering with social housing providers, specialist supported accommodation schemes, and applying for deposit-assistance for the private rented market (PRS).

After a few months, Tom was offered an affordable, good-quality private rented flat and his health greatly improved, enabling him to start his own business as a tradesperson. Tom is thriving, and his work is in such high demand that he now manages his own team of tradespeople.

Tash discussing her role supporting homeless prison leavers

Supporting people who leave prison homeless and are placed in temporary accommodation by:

- Facilitating a smooth transition into life outside of prison
- Connecting them to specialist mental health or substance addiction services
- Maintaining engagement with the Probation service
- Finding alternative, longer-term housing
- Helping them access benefits and financial support
- Reducing likelihood of reoffending