Thames Reach will
be delivering a new four-year project aimed at preventing homelessness across
London from the start of April. STAR – Sustaining Tenancies Accommodation & Resettlement – is
funded by London Councils, and will be delivered in partnership with Shelter, St
Mungo’s and Stonewall Housing.
Shelter will deliver housing
advice and support over the phone and in hubs across London to prevent
evictions, St Mungo’s will be using their expertise to access housing in the
private rented sector and Stonewall Housing are providing specialist advice and
accommodation for LGBTQ+ people affected by homelessness.
Thames Reach are focusing on
delivering face-to-face support to people with complex needs, including those in
hotspots where rough sleepers gather, and those at risk of losing their tenancy
due to anti-social behaviour, poor mental health, or drug and alcohol issues.
This work builds on Thames
Reach’s experience in outreach, floating support and tenancy sustainment teams.
The service will take referrals from local authorities, registered housing
providers or those living in the private rented sector, in order to prevent
people from losing their tenancy and ending up on the streets, and to support
those on the streets into accommodation.
The STAR service will enable
people to access training and employment, and improve their physical and mental
health. Mental health practitioners from Enabling Assessment Service London
(EASL) will be working alongside Thames Reach staff to provide specialist
Mike Murray, who manages
STAR, said: “I’m very excited to be involved in the new STAR partnership with
Shelter, Stonewall Housing, and St Mungo’s. I’m looking forward to delivering
what will be a really dynamic and diverse service across the whole of London.”