STARS is a housing and support service for single people who are homeless and in recovery from problematic drug or alcohol use The service has 15 self-contained single occupancy properties in various locations across Calderdale and Kirklees, and a team of staff who provide housing related support. STARS will respond to immediate and medium-term accommodation and support needs, at the point of release from prison or discharge from treatment or residential rehabilitation. We will work in partnership with statutory and voluntary agencies, including criminal justice and drug treatment agencies, to ensure a comprehensive package of support is being offered and we will maintain a flexible referral procedure to ensure that under-served groups gain better access to the service. There is an expectation that people applying for the service are already engaging in treatment or have been sustaining a substance -free lifestyle.
Our aims are:
• Clients will be accommodated and supported within the community
• Clients’ engagement with treatment and supervisory agencies will be maintained
• Clients will move on to establish and maintain an independent, substance-free, positive lifestyle
STARS provides individual self-contained accommodation, so your support worker will usually visit you at home. These visits will usually take place at least twice a week, although the frequency and duration of visits is dependent on support needs and will vary. The service is generally available between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. If support is necessary outside these hours it will be considered on an individual basis. Each house has a living room, kitchen, bathroom and one bedroom; some also have a separate study space. The houses are fully-furnished and equipped but you can bring your own belongings and personalise your home. You are responsible for your own cooking and cleaning (with support from staff if needed). All houses are close to local shops, post offices, doctors and public transport. STARS does not provide permanent housing, but as part of your support plan we will help you find move-on accommodation. The expected length of stay at STARS is around 6-9 months but can be longer, up to a maximum of two years.
You can refer yourself or be referred by agencies including but not limited to: • Drug treatment services • DIP (Drug Interventions Programme) • Other Tier 4 drug treatment centres • Police • NHS (GP, nurse etc) • Prison authorities • Probation • Youth Offending Team (YOT)