A picture of Josh, who used to be a street sleeper. Now, he has recovered and moved on from rough sleeping with Centrepoint's help

Real Homeless Stories

Centrepoint helps more than 15,000 homeless young people every year. With our support, they've achieved amazing things and overcome some huge obstacles.

Here are some of the real stories of Centrepoint young people and staff.

All real stories

Jack's story

At just 13, Jack's family life became unbearable.

But when he came to Centrepoint, he was offered em…

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Craig's Story

When his football career came to an end and after the death of his parents, Craig hit rock bottom.


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Tyler's Story

As Centrepoint’s Regional Manager in Yorkshire, Tyler manages our housing services in Bradford and B…

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From homeless to hostel manager

Matt manages one of Centrepoint's London hostels. He was homeless himself when he came to London age…

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50th Anniversary: Jess's Story

When Jess’s mum kicked her out when she was just 16, she ended up at Centrepoint. She then moved thr…

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50th Anniversary: Kerry's Story

Kerry came to Centrepoint in the 1970s after running away from home and ending up homeless on the st…

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50th Anniversary: Peter's Story

Peter first came to Centrepoint in the early 1970s after leaving the army with a medical discharge a…

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Nadia's Story

At just 17, Nadia was forced to flee Ethiopia because of persecution for her political beliefs. Afte…

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50th Anniversary: Lisa's Story

Lisa sought help from Centrepoint’s night shelter when she experienced a period of homelessness afte…

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50th Anniversary: Steve's Story

Steve had a comfortable middle class background, but his home life was turbulent. At the age of 18 h…

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50th Anniversary: Terence's Story

Terence started as a volunteer at Centrepoint in November 1993. He spent a number of years working i…

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50th Anniversary: Gary's Story

Gary became homeless in the early 90s at just 18 years old after being ostracised and disowned by hi…

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50th Anniversary: Mari's story

Mari was a Centrepoint resident in 1997 after being thrown out of home aged just 15 when the relatio…

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Chris's Story

Chris is the service manager of two of our services in Barnsley and has been working with vulnerable…

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50th Anniversary: Alice's Story

Alice worked at Centrepoint between 2004 and 2011. She managed the 40th Anniversary and was responsi…

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50th Anniversary: Simon's Story

Simon started as a Supported Housing Officer at a direct access service run by Centrepoint in 2008. …

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Kai's Story

When he was just 17, Kai's father passed away.

Little did he know, life was about to get much harder…

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50th Anniversary: Helen's Story

Dr Helen Miles is a Consultant Clinical & Forensic Psychologist who has recently been recruited …

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Becca's story

Following difficulties at home, Becca went to live with her nan. But when her nan discovered she was…

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Georges tells his story

After suffering physical abuse from his mum, Georges became homeless.

But since coming to Centrepoin…

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Nathaniel's story

In his own words, Nathaniel explains how he came to Centrepoint and how our Bursary scheme helped hi…

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Jeremiah's Story

Aged 22, Jeremiah was thrown out of his home after his father refused to accept that he was gay.


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"From the age of five to nine my life was like my own horror story really."

Aged five, Zinnia’s mum kicked her and her dad out. Aged nine, Zinnia was placed into foster care.


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hospitalised by her mother

At just 15 years old, Tori was hospitalised by her Mum.

She was forced to leave home in difficult ci…

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Dreaming of working with top athletes

Josh had a difficult childhood and was put in to care in his early teens.  

His passion for sport and…

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Aidan's Story

"I left home when I was 20 because I was being forced into an arranged marriage."

"Today, I'm workin…

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self harming to escape

Chloe left home in Bradford at 15 to search for her biological father in London. Things didn’t work …

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a traumatic childhood

After struggling with homelessness and experiencing mental health problems, Catherine took control o…

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The best mum she could be

With support and a lot of dedication, Tamara turned her life around.

Growing in confidence, Tamara w…

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"I wanted to give a better life to my son"

Claudette's drive and spirit are truly inspiring. That's why she was the deserving winner of the Ent…

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sleeping rough at 15 years old

John had a troubled and unstable childhood. His father suffered with mental illness and his mother w…

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family breakdown

Hannah’s problems began when her family home burnt down.

After living through family arguments in te…

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abused by his parents

Daniel's parents both abused him verbally and physically -they made it clear that he wasn't wanted. …

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A terrifying journey

When Tien arrived in London, she was scared, sick, tired and all alone.

But thanks to her support wo…

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50th Anniversary: Maureen's Story

Maureen started working for Centrepoint in November 2003 as a Resettlement Officer. She now holds th…

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Tash's Story

Aged 16, Tash was forced to leave home and then spent six years sofa surfing.

But after staying with…

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Sarah's Story

Sarah came to Centrepoint after her mental health spiralled out of control and she was not able to s…

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Never been back

On Christmas Day, Ben went to hospital with chronic pain and was diagnosed with sciatica. To make ma…

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50th Anniversary: Cara's Story

Cara ended up at Centrepoint in the early noughties after leaving her family home due to her dad’s d…

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50th Anniversary: Emilyn's Story

Emilyn was a Centrepoint resident for just over a year back in 2007. She became a resident after her…

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Sofia's Story

Sofia was brought to UK from Portugal by her Godmother when she was 5-years-old following neglect an…

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A personal understanding

Stephen understands what it’s like to be young and homeless; he lived in a hostel for 3 years from t…

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Gareth's Story

Gareth is a care leaver and after university, he found himself homeless. After being a resident with…

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Elise's Story

Elise went through the care system and came to Centrepoint when she was 18. With Centrepoint’s suppo…

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From disarray to dancer

At just 16, Jamie was referred to Centrepoint by social services. Since then, she  sought help from …

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Kasim's Story

Suffering with acute anxiety for years, school eventually became unbearable for Kasim and he started…

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