Russell’s partner died of cancer a few years ago.  For seven years he lived on the streets. Without rental references Russell was trapped in a vicious cycle. No one would rent to him without references, but without a rental history, references were an impossibility. Lonely and homeless, he came across Avalon at Queen Victoria Market and has been coming to the Flinders Street drop off ever since.

He likes to make new friends and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter. Russell has had a few heart attacks which prompted him to give up smoking and pay closer attention to his health. He is one of the fortunate ones who has broken the cycle and now has a place to stay.