Long-term partners Steve and Linda contracted Weil’s disease from contaminated water in their flat, which was overrun with rats.
They became so ill that they were hospitalised and, on their release, found that they had been evicted.
The couple slept rough in Manchester city centre for six months during a freezing winter. They lived on handouts and went to church drop-ins for food.
They were supported to find a flat and get a grant from Church Homeless Trust for a fridge freezer for their accommodation, which was unfurnished.
The freezer helps them to save money by planning their meals and buying food in bulk.
Linda said: “We feel really happy to be where we are now and have lots of positive plans for the future. Thank you for the help you have given us.”