Business chips in to help homeless man Mark get job

An Eastbourne service that supports homeless and insecurely housed people to find and maintain accommodation in the private rented sector has gone the extra mile with the help of a building company to support someone to move on from homelessness and never look back.

The Eastbourne Housing Access Project, a BHT Sussex service, works with people to develop the skills they need to find and maintain accommodation in the private rented sector.

Mark came to see the EHAP team when he found himself homeless. The EHAP team worked with him to teach him all the skills he would need to find and maintain a tenancy and soon Mark had a portfolio of skills that he could present to potential landlords. Mark soon found a place to call home and then found a job working as an air conditioning engineer. He believed a job would prevent him from becoming homeless again but the job required him to have his own protective boots which he didn’t have and couldn’t afford.

The EHAP team tweeted about Mark and Parker Building Supplies got in touch to donate a new pair of boots so that he was able to start his job.

Zoe Burns, EHAP team leader, said, “We can’t thank Parker Building Supplies enough for their generous donation. Having a job moves Mark one step further away from homelessness and towards a more positive future so thank you Parker Building Supplies for helping to make that happen.”

Jamie Pearce from Parker Building supplies said, “ We first heard that Mark was in need of a pair of boots when one of our suppliers tweeted us. I rang our Eastbourne branch up on Moy Avenue to ask if we had a pair in his size and within 30 minutes they were picked up. Parker Building Supplies is just happy that we could help and wish Mark future success in his new job.”