Kain's life spiralled after the loss of his best friend, thanks to housing first, he's now making plans for a better future.

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The loss of a friend

Following the loss of his best friend to suicide, Kain began experiencing severe mental health issues and used drugs to block out the pain. Unable to cope, he became addicted to mamba and formed damaging relationships which ultimately led to him losing his home. With nowhere to call home, Kain fell into a destructive cycle of rough sleeping and petty crime.

Breaking the cycle

During the Covid-19 pandemic Framework sourced hotel accommodation for Kain and worked with him on a daily basis to address his addiction and mental health issues. Kain’s support worker saw his potential and knew that finding a permanent home could help him break free from the cycle of rough sleeping and petty crime.

Housing First

In April 2021 Kain moved into his new Housing First flat. Having a place to call home for the first time in four years, Kain began to make plans for the future.

Kain said: “Having a home of my own, after my experiences, has been very important and I knew that if I could put down some foundations, it would help me by giving me hope.”

“I have been helped so much to get where I am and it is the first-year anniversary of the last time I left prison, which feels great. I want to help other people who find themselves in my position and would love to do this through music if I can set up a home studio.

“I am so very grateful. I am in a great position to make something of my life and hope to get a job where I can have a real purpose.”

The stability provided by guaranteed housing and long-term support has led to an improvement in his mental health and given him the determination to return to work and plan for a better future.

Housing First and Building Better Futures

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