It was an immensely difficult period for Nomonde, not only was she having to deal with the after effects of a distressing breakup but also the fact that she no longer had access to the basics to survive: food, money, shelter.
At first Nomonde was able to sleep at a friend's place but as time passed the arrangement became inconvenient and Nomonde felt she could no longer impose, setting off a spiral of her sleeping rough on and off for five years – a shocking length of time to be continually risking her life each night as a single woman on the street.
Eventually Nomonde approached The Passage where she was supported into temporary accommodation by our Destitution Co-ordinator while our Immigration Solicitor resolved her immigration status.
When Nomonde arrived at The Passage she was experiencing mental health problems and battling suicidal thoughts as a result of the trauma she had endured. One of our mental health workers helped her to work through these testing issues.
Less than a year later and Nomonde is now settled in her own flat and attending college where she is working towards achieving her Maths and English GCSEs.
Nomonde's story is part of a series published as part of the Behind the Door campaign.
Behind the Door is a new campaign to change the lives of the many women and families facing homelessness today. It is a partnership between the Museum of the Home and London Homeless Collective.
We need your help to succeed in our collective goal of ending female homelessness.