Pathway Homes
Tenant Case Study

Dean Rowlands

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The Pathway Approach:
From Homelessness to a Secure Tenancy and Full-Time Employment

In late 2019, Dean Rowlands was homeless and living on the streets of his hometown of Liverpool; with the support of local charities, he often managed to secure temporary accommodation but on-going struggles with mental health issues meant that this stability didn’t last more than a few nights at a time. Dean had suffered with his mental health for several years, which had proven detrimental to his personal relationships, led to problematic tenancies and short-lived job opportunities. As a result, Dean found himself stuck in the cycle of homelessness, which lasted for an extended period of seven years, with short-intermittent shelter breaks every so often.

As 2019 drew to a close, this all changed and Dean found himself presented with new opportunities to better his life and circumstances; he was introduced to Pathway Homes Group (PHG) and the development and support programme they had established within the Merseyside region, working in close partnership with Creating Change Housing Management (CCHM).

Together, the organisations work to positively impact the lives of the most vulnerable members of society, delivering housing, support and educational opportunities to ensure those in need have the guidance and assistance they require to better their lives and prospects. Dean is a shining example of how successful PHG and CCHM’s support process is.

“It’s hard to put into words how grateful I am to Pathway Homes and CCHM for everything they have done for me over the past couple of years. They lifted me from the worst time of my life, living rough on the streets, and gave me the chance to rebuild my future. I will never forget that first night I stayed in the property they had housed me; it had been so long since I had felt that level of comfort. More importantly, I felt settled, which was something I had not felt for seven years. I knew this was the start of a better life”

Dean Rowlands

With the on-going support Dean received from the partner organisations, he was able to focus on his physical and mental health and wellbeing, build confidence and develop interpersonal skills. As he became more comfortable and confident within his new surroundings, Dean highlighted his interest in working within the construction industry, so PHG committed to sponsoring the relevant training and funding the industry licencing (CSCS card) he required to have the skills, knowledge and understanding to work safely, independently and successfully on-site. In their commitment to making a measurable difference for those in need, PHG’s team helped Dean secure full-time employment with the construction company they have established a long-term partnership with.

Dean said: “It has been nine months since I started my job and it’s all thanks to Pathway Homes. During this time, I have been involved in two developments around the country, which has been enjoyable putting the skills I developed into practice. It is so rewarding to reflect on where I have been in the past and where I am now, playing my part in helping others better their lives. I have truly come full circle and it is all down to Pathway Homes and CCHM”.

In recent months, Dean has moved on into a general-needs home that was built by PHG to the same high standard he had grown accustomed to over the previous year. Lee Williams, Project Manager at PHG, stated: “it is a privilege for Pathway Homes Group to work with CCHM and go that extra mile to give individuals the chance to succeed in life. We are so happy for Dean and how he has transformed his circumstances. In less than two years, he has developed skills and succeeded in educational training, secured a stable tenancy and a full-time job. His successes spur us on to help others who find themselves in similar situations”.

As work continues on current developments around the U.K. and with further plans already in place for later in the year, it is exciting to anticipate the positive impact PHG, CCHM and their partner organisations are going to have on local communities around the country.