“I moved in to Sidney Road (the pilot Veteran Supported Accommodation project) in July this year. Having been in the army for ten years I found that being a chance at Sidney Road has given me stability, which I haven’t had for a long time.
I am really happy with living there. I have been given support in various ways. I have been given help and advice with benefits, employment and other personal issues.
I have had issues in the past with alcohol but now because I am living somewhere stable I am more in control of it. Living at Sidney Road has really done me some good. I am now settled and able to think about the future, about things like getting a permanent house and job. Sometimes coming out of the army can be hard and it is difficult to adjust to a normal life. But with stability and support you can do it. That’s what I am doing now at Sidney Road. “
Sidney Road is the pilot Veteran Project for Bedfordshire Housing Link, it provides accommodation and support for 3 veterans and has been the inspiration behind the creation of Heroes House, which aims to provide support and accommodation for an additional 11 homeless veterans.