Strangers are working together to crowdfund people out of homelessness

Topic Selected: Homelessness

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“Drink and drugs had completely ruined my life.”

By Natasha Hinde

This time last year Joe was living in a hostel. He’d become homeless following a relationship break-up and spent the following 14 months moving between temporary accommodation.

The Londoner was desperately trying to get his life back on track, having kicked a 20-year drink and drug addiction which had “completely ruined” his life. He had tried various avenues to find work, but was finding it almost impossible to secure employment.

Fast forward to today and the 37-year-old has turned his life around thanks to the kindness of strangers and an app called Beam, which crowdfunds to help homeless people train and get into work. 

Joe now lives in a one bedroom flat and has a full-time job working as a slinger signaller, assisting with crane operations on a building site. “I’m in a very happy place,” he says. “It’s

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