Housing the Homeless and Vulnerable

Finding yourself without a home is a frightening experience and something that can happen for a variety of reasons that none of us are immune to – losing a job, a breakdown of a key relationship or losing a tenancy can all lead to homelessness, and our chances of finding ourselves in this situation is heightened if more than one of the three broad reasons above happen simultaneously. Rates of homelessness in the UK have been steadily rising since 2010.

Freedom Community Alliance work with the Housing Options Team in North Devon (01271 388870) and Torridge (01237 428849) on a variety of different projects.

We have a number of different housing initiatives which you can support by becoming directly involved, donating to or volunteering services for.

Working together through the Housing Hub

We believe that a multi-agency, joined up response to people’s needs is what works best, which is why we host a regular Housing Hub meeting at the Freedom Centre. This is chaired by North Devon Council and also attended by Torridge Council, Sanctuary Supported HousingEncompass SouthWest, Alabare, Julian House, Police, Probation, RISE, Health, Adult Social Care and of course ourselves.

HousingAlternativeImage2These meetings enable the various organisations across North Devon to adopt an integrated approach to an individual’s support needs. The panel shares information about those sleeping rough and make decisions on accommodation placements through informed multi agency input.

This work directly supports our other projects – M.O.V.E and Bridging the Gap – and links into the daily Engage Community hub which provides a ‘one-stop shop’ for those with multiple and complex needs.

 

 

Freedom Housing and PRS

One of the ways we help people resolve their homelessness is by helping them secure accommodation in the Private Rented Sector. Typically we work with people to identify, secure and sustain appropriate accommodation. We work with private landlords and agents often acting as a middle man in the process. We provide pre and post tenancy support and will ensure the accommodation is affordable and suitable for a persons needs. If needed we can assist in making funding applications for RIA (Rent in Advance) and Deposits.

Local landlords can help us by either working with us to house vulnerable clients or by leasing their property to us to be used by Freedom Housing.HousingAltImage

In addition to housing clients in the Private Rented Sector we also provide a range of supported accommodation through Freedom Housing.

Freedom Housing properties are typically leased from their owners on 3 or 5 year contracts and we pay a guaranteed monthly rent, take care of all bills, maintenance and repairs.

To ensure we are able to meet the wide range of local need we have some properties that accept referrals for people straight off the street and others that are zero tolerance dry houses for people in recovery from addiction. All residents have a support worker and a support plan and we work with them on their journey to independent living.

Whether someone is accommodated in Freedom Housing or in Private Rented Accommodation we help and encourage them to reintegrate and positively contribute to their local community – something that is good for all of us – with employment experience and volunteering support, skills building and a tailored plan to help them stand on their own.

If you are interested in becoming part of the solution to homelessness and social exclusion in North Devon, please get in touch with Phil Noall – phil@freedomsocialprojects.org.uk or call our office on 01271 321171.