Name: Mark

Help Received: Funding for advance rent

Mark’s Story

Mark has been rough sleeping and in and out of homelessness services for the past 15 years. Marks time on the streets and subsequent lifestyle has had a significant impact on his overall health and mobility. Mark has been living at the Number 5 HUB for a number of months before he was offered a property by Guildford Borough Council. However, Mark was on welfare benefits with no savings and did not have the funds to pay the two weeks rent in advance required to secure this accommodation. Marks support workers applied to Real Change Guildford to fund £202 for rent in advance. Real Change approved this application and was able to provide the funds required within 48hrs of receiving the application which allowed Mark to secure his future home. The knock-on impact of this meant that it created a bed space at the homeless HUB, providing an opportunity for other rough sleepers to move away from the streets during the peak of the COVID pandemic. 

Mark was very emotional and unable to express his gratitude through words when he first received the keys to his new home. Three months on and Mark continues to sustain and maintain his accommodation; he has also taken on a new four-legged lodger called Snowy! Mark would like to thank all the agencies involved in changing his life especially Real Change Guildford, for transforming his aspirations into reality.

The Real Change You Can Make

Support from Real Change made a huge difference to Mark’s life.  We wish him all the very best for his future away from the streets.

Real Change Guildford is a campaign to end homelessness in the borough by preventing homelessness in the first place. We are here to ensure no one becomes homeless for the sake of a few pounds. For those that are currently homeless, Real Change can support people to exit the streets through practical support. This could be providing rent in advance, white goods, or some respite to clear your head, some new shoes, a kettle, or even a brand new bed!

Real Change is a community approach owned by the community and committed to ending and preventing homelessness. There’s so much we can do to help. Your little change can make a big change, a real change for Guildford.

Help us to save lives by changing lives, come and get involved!