The No Homeless Veterans Campaign - Stoll

Date: Friday December 20, 2019 at 3:14pm

The No Homeless Veterans campaign aims to reduce veterans’ homelessness to as close to zero as possible.

The campaign is coordinated by Stoll, the UK’s leading provider of supported housing to vulnerable and disabled veterans. It calls on local authorities, homelessness charities and advice agencies such as Citizens Advice, to ‘Think Veteran’ in order to identify former Servicemen and women and signpost them to the enhanced support services available to them.

The campaign will support those like Stoll veteran Mac McLaren to find help faster. Mac was an infantry soldier in the British Army for seven years (1998-2005), including three tours in Northern Ireland, two tours in Bosnia and one in Iraq, before injuries forced him to leave Service life behind.

Without the structure of the Army Mac became homeless and spent a year staying on friends’ sofas or sleeping in his car. He approached his local authority for social housing but was told he didn’t have enough housing points and was put at the bottom of the list.

   

In 2014 Mac’s marriage broke down and he again found himself homeless. He once again approached his local authority for housing help but again missed out on being housed because he was told he was not a priority case. This was before the Armed Forces Covenant was put in place to protect veterans. It wasn’t until he contacted the charity Stoll that his needs were finally addressed.

Mac says: “Within no time I had somewhere to call home and the safety net I needed to help me get my life back on track. The No Homeless Veterans campaign helps local authorities honour the pledge made in the Armed Forces Covenant and means veterans will no longer find themselves in the position I was in.”

“Before I found Stoll it felt like everyone had turned their back on me. I was in a very low place and felt like I had run out of options. I just wanted the same as anyone else – a place I could call home.”

The campaign is supported by Dame Kelly Holmes, double Olympic gold medalist and ex-Army Sergeant. She says “No veteran should be homeless. Stable housing is key to helping adjust to all aspects of civilian life - work, family, health and wellbeing. I want to encourage people to ‘Think Veteran’ and get ex-Service personnel in need of help to the support available to them.”

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