Jay’s journey from prison to housing to work and independence

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Jay, aged 26, was sentenced to 5 ½ years in prison for possession of class A drugs with intent to supply. After 3 years Jay was released on licence. He was deemed medium to high risk, so Jay was supervised by the Multi-Agency Public Protection Team and housed in a Probation hostel in Hounslow.

While living in the hostel, Jay was referred to the Equinox HAWK / Probation Housing Advice and Resettlement service. The service is managed by Annie Jaison, working Hounslow Probation office.

As part of the service, Equinox HAWK offers resettlement advice and motivational interviewing on all aspects of adjusting back into society after a period in custody.

Initially, Annie met with Jay on a regular basis to discuss access to more permanent accommodation when it became time to leave the hostel. Over many years, Annie has developed good links with a number of private landlords in Hounslow, whom she works with to access good quality housing. Access to work, training and education were also explored during these sessions, with relevant advice and information provided. This resulted in a job for Jay as a labourer on a local building site.

As a result of these interventions, Jay soon achieved regular work which has given him enough secure income to come off benefits and find private rented accommodation. Jay has now registered at the local college for evening classes. By March 2016, Jay is aiming to be a fully qualified gas engineer.

Jay’s long term plans are to become more secure in his work and accommodation, pass his gas safety course and driving test. He is aiming to gain access again to his daughter, travel for a year after the end of his licence and buy his own place, either inside or outside London.

Jay said: ‘It’s not bad for a young black man who came out of prison homeless, without prospects 12 months ago."

Equinox Care wishes Jay every success in his new life. For details of how to access the service, visit the Equinox HAWK page on our website.

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