A young man from St Albans who turned his life around after moving into Hightown’s Kent House Hostel has become the star of the National Housing Federation’s (NHF) seasonal campaign.

Rhys, 26 will be featured on the NHF seasonal card that will be sent out to politicians over the festive season to highlight the importance of championing the supported housing sector and to thank them for supporting the Starts at Home campaign (https://startsathome.org.uk/).

Rhys had previously found himself homeless, sofa surfing and sleeping rough before he moved into St Albans’ Kent House Hostel. While staying at the hostel, Rhys received training and support from case workers, which offered both professional and life skills such as IT training courses.

Rhys has since left Kent House and moved into a flat of his own.  He has also enrolled in a bricklaying, carpentry and plumbing course at Oaklands College and dreams of eventually having his own business.

David Bogle, Chief Executive of Hightown Housing said: “We’re really pleased that Rhys is the new face of the National Housing Federation Christmas campaign, which recognises the importance of supported housing services. Rhys’ story shows just how invaluable the housing, care and support services that Hightown provides can be, and the huge difference that they can make to the lives of those in need.”

Rhys commented: “I was delighted when I found out I was going to be on the Christmas cards. I’m really grateful for everything the staff at Kent House have done for me – it wouldn’t have been possible without their help.  They encouraged me to enrol at college and I’m  enjoying learning new skills. I’m really looking forward to Christmas this year and spending time with family. For the first time, I’ve got my own flat and have been able to put decorations and a tree up! I’m determined that next year is going to be my year - my life is on track now.”