‘Getting evicted, you get that sinking feeling’: Dave’s story

Published: by Kate Milenkovic

Dave faces the camera with a neutral expression

Dave, 52, battles a debilitating spinal condition that has spread to his hips and knees. But it’s not just his health that he’s fighting against: Dave and his son were on the brink of homelessness through no fault of their own, a situation that no one should have to endure, especially during Christmas.

As Dave puts it, ‘getting evicted, you get that sinking feeling. More than anything else, it’s the instability and the not knowing where you’re going to end up.’

The challenge of the housing emergency

Dave’s predicament was further complicated by the glaring gap between the local government housing benefit and the actual local rents. Without a rent guarantor and facing landlords demanding an unattainable six months’ rent upfront, finding a new place to call home seemed like an impossible challenge.

‘I was being asked for six months’ rent upfront,’ Dave recalls. ‘I didn’t have that money, and I didn’t know anyone that could be a guarantor.’

Support finding a home

Amidst this turmoil, Dave reached out to Shelter and was able to access the guidance and emotional support he needed. The Shelter emergency helpline connected him with Rob, a compassionate individual who offered not just practical advice but also support.

 I called the Shelter emergency helpline and spoke to Rob, and he was amazing. Not just with practical advice, but emotional support.

A turning point

Together with Shelter’s support, Dave managed to secure private rental accommodation before the bailiffs were due to arrive. This marked a turning point in his life and that of his son, as they finally found stability, hope and a path towards a brighter future.

Empowering change together

Dave’s story serves as a stark reminder of the real, human impact of the housing emergency.

It shows that together, we can create change. Your donations directly impact the lives of individuals and families facing the housing emergency, meaning more families like Dave’s can access the advice they need.

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Now is your opportunity to be part of the change.

Your donations can provide hope, compassion and inclusion to those experiencing the sharp end of the housing emergency. More than 6,000 calls are made to our helpline every week. Just one call could help someone like Dave secure a safe place to call home.

Together, we can write a brighter future for all.

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