In March, our research project, Just Thinking, blogged about the ebb and flow of people in and out of unsupported temporary accommodation (http://justthinkinguk.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/ebb-and-flow/). Single homeless adults seem to be stuck in this low-grade accommodation for months and years at a time, but this is often interspersed with rough sleeping, sofa surfing, periods in supported accommodation and bouncing between different unsupported temporary accommodation residences (B&Bs and private hostels).
Needless to say, an existence in unsupported temporary accommodation is not a stable one.
Let’s take a look at Michael (name changed), one of the Just Thinking research participants…
Despite only living in B&Bs over an 8 month period, Michael was in and out of this accommodation type 3 times. He also had a spell in hospital, lived in supported accommodation and stayed with a friend. His health, happiness and hope were up and down during this period, but one thing can be sure… these all deteriorated significantly when he was in the B&Bs.
To help us look at the instability of Michael’s 8 months more easily, this infographic demonstrates Michael’s journey in and out of B&B accommodation. (click here or on the infographic to enlarge).