Prevention of homelessness project

Our Prevention of Homelessness Project is funded by The Oak Foundation. This project intervenes early in social work and mental services to prevent some of the most vulnerable people being made homeless.

We have over a 90% success rate in preventing homelessness. In 2015/16 we helped over 900 clients. we prevent vulnerable individuals becoming homeless; we create a legacy of established referral routes within mental health, social work and homelessness services; and we link housing casework with advocating for policy change.

The funding from Oak Foundation allowed us to extend our Rights Hubs from homeless day care centres to NHS mental health services. This means we can intervene early to support people with mental health problems throughout the NHSGGC area.

We protect and uphold their rights to secure accommodation and prevent homelessness. We provide financial inclusion services and help people access appropriate financial products. We help them claim benefits and appeal decisions to the highest level. We also provide debt services and access other relevant social services

We help people with their housing across all tenures including: social and private rented sector Housing; and home owners. This includes supporting those at risk of homelessness, helping them to access homelessness accommodation, ensuring their statutory accommodation rights and general housing rights are enforced. We represent our clients in disputes with landlords or lender to prevent evictions and repossessions and to find solutions to other disputes within the neighbourhood or community.

We are working to develop our rights hubs services to take the service into the community; this includes expanding the service into the local community mental health outreaches and local voluntary sector Mental health projects; we are developing an effective referral pathway for individual ward staff/ health workers GP’s, patients and patients relatives and those acting in an advocacy role for patients and people with mental health problems generally in the community.