Being homeless and sleeping rough leading to permanent accommodation
Anyone reading this article who has been homeless and slept rough should appreciate the following. I myself was only homeless and sleeping rough for a short period of time, I cannot imagine what it must be like to be long-term homeless and sleeping rough and not having money in your pocket to buy regular food and meals, just relying on charitable organisations such as The Salvation Army, HARC, and in our case the excellent Seaview Project.
My homelessness and sleeping rough was through personal experiences, but for many people it’s not an option they have the luxury of, we are all human and have feelings and emotions, which we all deal with in our own way, but whatever they are and how we deal with them, it doesn’t alter the fact it isn’t nice to be homeless and sleeping rough. One of the worst things for myself were the looks and comments made by passing members of the public, some of them not very nice to put it mildly. I just let them ride over my head, mostly made out of total ignorance of the plight of the homeless, I myself am lucky in that I have lived in Hastings all my life, and have family and friends who have supported me in the past and in the present, whilst being homeless and sleeping rough.
It was my decision to become homeless and sleep rough as I didn’t want to intrude on their normal routines even though they offered on several occasions to give me a roof over my head with a bed. I had some very low points, feeling depressed and feeling sorry for myself, but on my own it gave me time to reflect on my past and the huge mistakes I had made in the past to the situation I now had myself in, I said to myself the only person who could get me out of this hole I had dug for myself was myself. It’s no good sitting there and waiting for help to come to you, with some excellent advice and guidance from the Seaview staff (who have helped many people get back on the straight and narrow since opening back in the mid 1980s) I started to get my life back to normal.
All the problems and grief I have put upon my family and friends in the past have mostly been caused by one thing and that is the demon alcohol, but there are other causes which affect people in different ways, with self determination and the support from my family, friends, Seaview staff, and Action for Change alcohol addiction, I have got off the drink and am determined 100% to stay off it, I owe it to myself and more importantly to the people who have helped and stuck by me through this period. I have many bridges to cross and rebuild in the coming days and months ahead of me, it won’t be easy but hopefully I will get there.
If you have been in my position now or in the past and want to get away from that kind of life, believe me it can be done if that is what you truly want, all the best to everyone who is on that road to recovery.