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The truth told by tenants: MOVIE

  • 2 min read |
  • Posted by Justlife
  • On 29 October 2015
Do you want to know what it is like to live in unsupported temporary accommodation?Today, we are excited to launch our latest snapshot report in which Stacey and Trevor tell their stories. You can read our short publication"Not Home: The Truth told by tenants" or watch this mini movie:Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 11.17.35WATCH THE MOVIE ON YOUTUBE HERESince 2013, Justlife has been talking with the hidden homeless to find out what life is really like for them. These people are single homeless residents living in unsupported temporary accommodation (UTA), commonly known as: B&Bs, private hostels and Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs). The number of people living in this accommodation is not fully recorded in official statistics and is estimated to be worryingly high. The number of statutory homeless households placed in B&Bs stood at 5,630 in April – June 2015. The actual number living in UTA is likely to be five to ten times more than this.This is the third in a series of publications that provide a snapshot of the findings from research conversations with single homeless residents of UTA. The first snapshot report is “Not Home: A summary of conversations with the hidden homeless in North West and South East England”; this brings to light the key issues discussed in a series of focus groups with residents of UTA. The second report: “Not Home: Why do single homeless tenants living in unsupported temporary accommodation feel out of control?”, focuses on control.This report listens to voices that portray the journeys of two people with unique experiences, as well as demonstrating key themes that have been presented in the previous research—unscrupulous property management, appalling conditions, an endemic use of drugs and high crime. The stories are told using the words of two real people, drawn from conversations, interviews and focus groups over the past 18 months of research. At the time of writing this both Stacey and Trevor* are still living in UTA.These stories are a small part of a three-year research project, funded by LankellyChase, investigating the long-term impact on health and wellbeing of single homeless households living in unsupported temporary accommodation.*Names changed for confidentiality.