Kilburn-born Graham*, 31, has been living in a Real Lettings flat in Croydon since August 2013. He moved into the property after two years in probation accommodation. After a turbulent few years, he is now looking forward to settling down in the area and starting a career as a personal fitness instructor.
This summer, Steve Wilson* saw his two nieces for the first time in 10 years. A crippling heroin addiction, combined with time in prison and months spent sleeping rough had forced him away from his family. He admits today, speaking from his Real Lettings flat in Bromley-by-Bow, that the reconciliation was tough.
There were times last year when Sharon Ellis could do little more than usher her young son out of her home, sit on his dimly lit single bed and cry.
Life in her rented Sudbury property had deteriorated into a constant battle against mould, poor health and disrepair. Unwittingly and, despite being a proud mother-of-two, she was being forced to raise her youngest child to know nothing better and she knew something had to change.