Date: Friday December 20, 2019 at 3:14pm
No Homeless Veterans campaign aims to reduce veterans’ homelessness to
as close to zero as possible.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”