Sleeping rough can place considerable strains on relationships

 

Sleeping rough can place considerable strains on relationships, as people necessarily focus their energies on day-to-day survival.

Within the Homeless Outreach Program (HOP) and Resident Support Program (RSP) we often engage with people who have become isolated from the important relationships in their life.  Accordingly the helping relationship we establish becomes pivotal in providing a secure base from which people either re-connect with these critical relationships or gain confidence to establish new ones. 

While technology has made it easier to stay connected, without a secure home, people face numerous challenges in being able to maintain meaningful connections with the important people in their lives. Sleeping rough and couch surfing can place considerable strains on relationships, as people necessarily focus their energies on day-to-day survival.  Should they choose to do so, the HOP Wednesday drop-in provides people experiencing homelessness with a safe, secure space to make social connections.

Once people move into housing, relationships become pivotal in sustaining the new tenancy.  Paying the rent and looking after the place are important but it is establishing a local network of social supports that provides people with the foundation to flourish in their new home. 

Whether people live in a room, unit or house the ability to be able to invite people over to your home to sit, chat, drink and enjoy life is fundamental to us as social beings.  Having a home enables people to decide when to close the door and when to open it to invite people in.   

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