Andrew, who is physically disabled, found himself homeless after fleeing domestic violence. Now he’s celebrating having a home of his own that suits his needs.
Andrew, who is physically disabled, found himself homeless after fleeing domestic violence. Now on World Homeless Day, he’s celebrating having a home of his own that suits his needs.
Andrew Moir was living in Littlehampton and engaged to be married to his partner of 13 years when the relationship broke down and he lost his home.
The 66-year-old felt threatened by his ex-partner’s family and moved away to live with a friend in Neston in September 2018.
But he had to flee a few months later because of domestic violence and found himself sofa surfing last Christmas.
His ex-partner had emptied his bank account and he had no money and nowhere permanent to live.
Andrew said: “I was sleeping on friend’s sofas and didn’t have a proper place to stay. It was really difficult, especially because I have physical disabilities. At the moment I need an oxygen tank to treat my COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) for 20 hours a day.”
Andrew’s social worker referred him to ForHousing.
Toni Burke, Senior Housing Officer, supported the retired mechanical engineer with finding a home that suited his needs.
Toni said: “Andrew had been through a difficult time and it’s great to see him settled into his new place.
“At ForHousing we believe everyone deserves a place to call home, somewhere they feel safe and can plan for the future.
“Our role was to find Andrew a home that was adapted to suit his needs, so that he could live independently and make sure everything was in place to get his tenancy off to a good start.
“Andrew was really excited with his new home when he moved in this summer.”
The former member of the Reserve Forces is now settled in a bungalow in Ellesmere Port, and is feeling settled and happy.
Andrew said: “I was delighted when I saw my new home for the first time – it is fully adapted and luckily had just been fully decorated and carpeted by the lady that lived there before me. She even left the blinds.
“ForHousing have been wonderful. The whole process was so easy. I can’t speak too highly of Toni and everyone at ForHousing, I want to thank her and everyone for all they have done for me.
“All the way through they have been fantastic and now I’m getting some improvements made to my kitchen too.
“The people here, all the neighbours, are wonderful. I have never lived on my own before until now. I was married for 24 years and was in a relationship after that for 13 years, so this is all new to me. But, I’m managing ok and feel I have support around me now.
“I have a lovely neighbour, she’s 82 and I pop in to check on her a few times a day. We get on like a house on fire. Sometimes I cook her a meal to help her out.
“I would recommend ForHousing to anyone that needs help with finding a home.”
For more information on ForHousing and World Homeless Day visit www.forhousing.co.uk
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