Overcoming homelessness: Dean's story

Dean Murphy lived at Arlington, our mixed use homeless hostel in Camden for two years before moving on to independent accommodation in November 2015. Before that, he spent ten years moving from one hostel to the next. He got in touch with Camden Council who referred him to Arlington, where Dean got the help he needed to get back on the road to independence.

“I must admit that at times I thought like there was no help for me and felt trapped in the cycle of homelessness. When I moved into Arlington, my keyworker, James, was great and had a lot of housing knowledge which helped me a great deal.

“James helped me to find long-term accommodation through St Mungo’s Clearing House which provides supported housing to people with a history of homelessness. I now live in a one bedroom flat with a garden in Islington. I have a dog, Kiera, who’s part of the family so I’m glad I have a garden where she can play.

“Overcoming homelessness has lifted a massive weight off my shoulders as I start to feel ‘normal’ again. I don’t feel institutionalised, which can happen in a homeless setting.

“I was lucky to get Arlington’s help; they helped me access employment and training opportunities suitable to my needs. 

“I would like to thank the team as they have had a positive effect on my life and helped me in my time of need.”

Arlington is the largest mixed use hostel in the UK. Located in Camden, Arlington helps homeless people on the road to independence and more stable futures.

We provide accommodation for up to 95 homeless people at various stages of their journey from homelessness to independent living. We also give care and support, education, training and job opportunities to help customers get back into work and move on to better living.