My name is Lucy and when I was 15 I met my boyfriend at the time. We fell head over heels in love and we both thought this was the real deal. Our parents tried to stop us from being together but we never let it stop us. Due to this my parents through me out and told me not to come back. I was just 16 when I began sofa surfing. I stayed with people that, at the time, I thought were my friends, but I soon found began to realise they were all alcoholics. There was one man who told me I could stay with him as long as I liked. Then he began to abuse me. I finally picked up the strength to report him. I thought I would finally get the help I needed, but nothing was ever done. Ii was back to square one that night and now I had nowhere at all to go. I wandered the streets all night (my boyfriend and his family had gone away).I went back to the police and as i was a minor they could get me emergency housing, the Police treated me with so much compassion. The council however gave me the keys at midnight and took them back off me at 9am they told me i must have done something wrong to be homeless at that age therefore they couldn't help me. They called my parents who denied they had thrown me out and I wasn’t allowed back. I was so messed up and things got worse when my boyfriend split up with me.
Once this happened my parents let me move back home . It wasn’t long before my boyfriend and I got back together and my parents asked me to leave. This time we went to Blackpool and rented a 1 bed apartment. It was great. We both got jobs and had a place of our own. Things were finally coming together. Unfortunately, after just 3 months the tenancy was terminated as the landlady wanted to sell the flat. We moved back to Whitehaven where my boyfriend moved back into his parents and I moved into a homeless hostel where I lived for 2 years. We finally were offered a council flat together.
In 2008 I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. In 2011 we finally got married and this year I gave birth to our little boy and we bought our own home. Since we have had children we get on really well with our parents now.
I believe that everyone should have somewhere safe to live. I lived in a hostel and I learned all the skills I needed to know for when I finally got my own home. I think everyone should have the same chance as me.