At 28, A.F became homeless after being released from prison where he served a two year sentence. He was referred to Arlington in December 2012 from another hostel in Camden. Five months later, he successfully moved into a one-bedroom flat in London and is looking forward to a fresh start for himself and his young daughter.

“When I was released from prison, I stayed with my sister for a little while but that didn’t really work out for me. I soon found myself homeless with nowhere to go.

I was referred to Arlington in December 2012 from another hostel in Camden. Before I arrived at Arlington, I already started thinking about how I was going to get back on track because I didn’t want to get caught up in the system.

I’ve always tried to keep a positive mind but there were times when I was really frustrated and reached the point of giving up, but I knew I couldn’t give up. I thought about my young daughter and how much I want to make her proud of me and I knew I just had to keep going.

I am very grateful to my support worker Edward at Arlington for working so hard to help me sort out my new accommodation. He has never let me down and helped me to stay positive and focused. This is a new start for me and a solid foundation to rebuild my life.

Before I went to prison I was working in property maintenance and repairs but I lost my job after getting arrested. Since my release, I have achieved a qualification in tiling at a London college and have been lucky enough to get the odd job here and there which I use to develop my experience.

My aim is to secure a nice, stable construction or maintenance job, where I can progress onto maintenance management and ideally set up my own company. I’m going to continue making the most of any opportunities which arise to improve myself and my career prospects.

I want to show my daughter that her daddy is able to work, keep a steady job and provide for her. I believe it’s up to the individual if they want to change their lifestyle. I want to be able to give back to the community and inspire others through my story to make positive changes in their lives.”