An Iranian refugee who fled his war torn home said he slept eight months on the streets of Westminster until a charity stepped in to help him appeal his immigration status.
The 28-year-old was refused public housing and lived in harsh conditions for weeks on end, leaving him "unwell, frightened and confused" by the lack of support he got.
Charity Refugee Action helped Mr K - whose real name has been withheld - apply for Home Office housing and get asylum support.
Although he had tried before, the Asylum Crisis Team said he could not access support as he had no pending claim with the office and he had been told all his rights to appeal had been lost.
First Refugee Action referred Mr K to its Street Legal Project advisor who said he did have grounds for a new claim.
After appealing, Mr K's case was successful and he was given accommodation and financial support after a traumatic and difficult eight months.
He is now sharing with two other young men and said he is "very happy".
The charity's recent success in helping refugees who face homelessness has seen them gain a £165,000 grant towards its crisis project.
The funding came from the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, which said vulnerable individuals must be given support whilst seeking asylum.
David Farnsworth, the City of London Corporation’s Director of City Bridge Trust, said: "The project is doing vitally important work having already helped 89 individuals and families last year.
"Volunteers are trained on specialist asylum support issues and are providing invaluable help, steering refugees through what can sometimes be a long and difficult process.
"It is great that we are able to support such a worthwhile project which is already changing lives.
"City Bridge Trust is committed to tackling disadvantage across the capital and making London a fairer and better place to live."
Stephen Hale, CEO of Refugee Action,said the most vulnerable people are being refused support because of tight legal aid budgets.
He told getwestlondon : "This funding will enable vulnerable people seeking asylum to escape destitution, through early access to legal advice whilst at the same time building support capacity within communities across London.
"The most vulnerable people will be prioritised, including those with mental and physical health conditions, families, lone parents, torture and domestic violence survivors.
"People reach us through outreach advice sessions at community day centres and in response to referrals from a wide range of organisations."
Established in 1981, Refugee Action is a national charity working to enable refugees and asylum seekers to build new lives.
City Bridge Trust is London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital.
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