Horton Housing working to prevent homelessness in Harrogate

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Horton Housing Association has started running a service which supports people in Harrogate who are at risk of homelessness.

Harrogate STAY (Supported Tenancy at Yorkshire) aims to help people who are at risk of losing their tenancies through issues such as mental health, substance misuse, debt or problems with benefits. Support workers will go out to see people to offer them practical support, put them into contact with relevant organisations and help them get back on their feet.

Harrogate STAY will support people living in Harrogate, Boroughbridge, Pateley Bridge, Ripon and Knaresborough.

People can go to a drop-in session for housing advice or support or to refer themselves for extra support from Harrogate STAY. Staff can also help them apply for North Yorkshire Local Assistance Funding (NYLAF) for household items. Emergency vouchers for food, gas or electricity are also available for eligible applicants.

The drop-in sessions are held at the following times and venues:

  • Monday, 11am-12pm: Holy Trinity Church, Gracious Street, Knaresborough, HG5 8DT
  • Tuesday, 11am – 12.30pm: Springboard Project, Wesley Chapel House, Oxford Street, Harrogate, HG1 1PP
  • Wednesday, 11am-12.30pm: Ripon Library, The Arcade, Ripon HG4 1AG
  • Thursday, 11am-12.30pm: North Yorkshire Horizons, 7 North Park Road, Harrogate, HG1 5PD
  • Friday, 10.30am-11.30am: Mowbray Community Church, Westmoreland Street, Harrogate, HG1 5AT.

The service had a private launch last week for stakeholders, clients and staff.

Harrogate STAY’s Manager, Jeanette Gaunt, said: “We are there to step in to prevent people losing their homes when things get out of control. Our support workers aim to help them find their way to get back on their feet and keep a roof over their heads, whether it is helping them sort out their bills or debts or putting them in touch with other agencies to support whatever other issues are affecting them.”

Harrogate STAY works closely with a range of other organisations including the NHS, Harrogate Borough Council and local voluntary and community organisations.

The service was previously run by Stonham Homestay and staff were transferred to Horton Housing following TUPE regulations.