New homes for homeless veterans
Mosscare, in partnership with NACRO and Walking with the Wounded, have opened flats for short to medium term accommodation for ex-servicemen and women in Manchester.
The aim of the project is to provide housing and social rehab for homeless veterans.
In its first month of being open, Stody House has already supported 6 veterans to improve their lives. One has secured a placement on a dog handling course, working with the Border Force Agency. Another has secured an apprenticeship with Nicky Oliver Hairdressing. And another has enrolled in a horticultural programme.
Leon, one of the veterans living at Stody House, said: ‘’I was in the forces for 18 years and found myself homeless through no fault of my own. I suffered from PTSD for years.
I was told I could move in to Stody House after Christmas last year. My intention was to lock myself in my room and engage with nobody. But on the first evening, I met another veteran and we hit it off really well. We have bonded as a vets community and the atmosphere is as close as it’s ever been to being in the forces. The staff are fantastic: they don’t expect too much too soon and we feel we are listened to.
I had given up, but in the short time I have been here I now look to the future with the knowledge and belief that I can and will return to independent living and full time employment’’