Hugo Sugg, 26, was homeless in Hereford for three months when he was 18 after a relationship breakdown. He credits West Mercia Homes’ supported housing for young people project (SHYPP) with getting him back on his feet.
He enrolled on a youth and community work degree at the University of Worcester graduating in November 2016, before moving to London.
Now he is making a bid to become an MP for the London seat of Hackney South and Shoreditch, standing as an independent.
If elected he will donate £15,000 of his salary to youth clubs.
While at university, Hugo was involved with the Youth Homeless Parliament, which organises trips to Westminster for young rough sleepers and gives them the chance to speak to ministers. He also ran local campaigns to raise awareness of homelessness.
Sugg said: “ I’ve had to work hard to get where I am. And I want to try and inspire other people to do that and make a generation of positive change.”