For those who’ve spent years on the streets, the festive period can be difficult – even being indoors may be a challenge
Some people just want to sleep Christmas away, and we will respect that.” Christmas can be a challenging time for the former rough sleepers who are now residents at Montfort House in Victoria, London, a 16-bed supported housing accommodation for homeless people. For some, the period serves as a reminder of what they are missing.
There will be presents, carols and turkey at Montfort House, but senior project manager Elizabeth Deegan knows the difficulties residents face at this time of year. “There are certain things that can be quite triggering for people’s mental health or addictions,” says Deegan. “It’s that real reminder of things that have happened to them in the past; it might trigger certain memories of abuse or being in care, and not necessarily having had a proper Christmas before.”