Housing First scheme launched to support former rough sleepers
New Housing First scheme underway
A new scheme called Housing First has been launched and is currently being delivered by Thames Reach and Croydon Council. The aim of the scheme is to get people who are at risk of homelessness into their own accommodation.
The scheme, which was initially set up in 2018, is aimed at supporting people with a history of sleeping rough to settle into their own accommodation, and get the immediate support they need to prevent them returning to the streets.
Through this scheme, 20 people will receive a key to their own flat, and will be supported by a Thames Reach key worker who will help tenants to access specialist support for their needs. This may include access to local health, skills, benefits and employability services.
Key workers will also support the tenants to source furniture, helping them to create a home where they feel comfortable and can take steps towards independent living.
Jakub Turek, Senior Practitioner at Thames Reach who manages the service said;
“So far, five people, including one person who was referred from Thames Reach’s Social Impact Bond (SIB) service have moved into refurbished accommodation across Croydon.
“The current tenants have quickly become settled and are excited to explore their options for the future, whether that’s volunteering, rehab, training or employment.
“Our key workers are a vital part of the journey, and support people using a flexible step by step approach, ensuring everyone has the opportunity to progress at a pace which is right for them.
“Accommodation isn’t the whole solution, but it is part of the solution in helping people move away from homelessness, and through Housing First we will ensure the tenants have access to a range of support services, giving them the opportunity to move forward with their lives”.
Kris Draper, Area Director at Thames Reach said:
“It’s vital that rough sleepers are able to rapidly move into and keep accommodation where they can feel safe”
“Five more people are now in the process of accessing their own accommodation through Housing First, and we are looking forward to working with more people and helping them to make positive changes
“This service would not be a success without our partnership with Croydon Council so we would like to thank them for their support and assistance”.
Housing First is one of many ways that Thames Reach and Croydon Council are helping people to move away from homelessness.