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Supported accommodation case study - Seaforth House

Jack became homeless at the age of 16 after a number of fall-outs with his step father. For two years, he stayed with friends and in temporary hostels before he found permanent accommodation at Ypeople’s Seaforth House which offers support to people whose lives have been affected by homelessness.

He said: “I used to drink two or three litres of cheap cider a day then I’d wake up the next day and do it all over again.”

Now 20, Jack believes that Seaforth House helped him to stop drinking and start applying for jobs. Seaforth House in Falkirk provides a stepping stone for young homeless people aged 16-25 who aim to move into their own home.

He said: “It really made a difference to find people who actually take an interest in you, understand you – maybe it’s because the staff here have kids of their own.”

During his stay at Seaforth House, Jack became involved in forming a residents association with other young people at the project. Since the group was formed, the residents have been involved in all key decisions at the project, and have fundraised to create a community garden.

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