The Guernsey Community Foundation would like to hear from people who are experiencing or threatened with homelessness, or who have been in the recent past.
Understanding the difficulties people are having locally is important to the Foundation’s current project to explore the need for a dedicated housing charity, and what it should do.
Please fill in this short form. You don’t need to give your real name or contact details, and we’ll anonymise all the experiences we gather.
Recently the BBC covered the story of Craig Francis, who was facing homelessness. He was given notice to leave his rental but could find nowhere to go, so took to Facebook to ask for a tent to live in.
Learning about real-life experiences like this – the causes, obstacles, frustrations and roadblocks – is vital if any charity created is to offer the right help, at the right time, in the right way.
Unfortunately the Foundation can’t help people find housing now. But sharing your story with us will help us work towards reducing the harm and distress caused by housing problems.
Below are some examples of living situations. If you recognise your situation, or are experiencing something similar, we would really appreciate hearing from you.
Being homeless can mean you have no reasonable choice other than to:
- sleep rough, for example in a park, bunker, tent or car
- live in a hostel, B&B or lodging house
- sleep on the sofa or floor, or in a spare room, at a friend’s or relative’s house.
Facing severe housing problems may mean you:
- are threatened with eviction
- can’t afford where you live now or any alternatives
- are living in overcrowded, sub-standard or unsafe conditions
- have no formal lease, leaving you at risk of being told to leave at any time.
* Guernsey Community Foundation’s 2022 report, ‘Homelessness in Guernsey’, explores the severe housing problems people face on the Island, what support is available, and what should be done to reduce the harms.