OPINION: Homes are at the heart of settled futures

OPINION: Homes are at the heart of settled futures

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The National Housing Federation’s #HomesattheHeart campaign this week puts housing at the forefront of providing settled futures for vulnerable people, with a key focus on supporting those who are already homeless or preventing those at risk from sleeping rough. As our organisation was founded out of a day shelter provision back in 1976, supporting the homeless has always been one of our main aims as we look to help people get their lives back on track. For those homeless, not having an address means finding employment and claiming benefits can be extremely difficult, whilst other issues such as lack of washing facilities and lack of access to IT equipment makes it very challenging to break into the job market. With COVID-19 seeing a sharp rise in people needing social housing,…
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OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of a Greener Country

OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of a Greener Country

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After looking at the benefits housing has on the economy, living standards and making ends meet, this week’s focus in the National Housing Federation’s #HomesattheHeart campaign surrounds the idea of a greener country. A greener environment is an important way to promote positive mental health for some of our most vulnerable clients. A well-kept, outdoor space goes a long way to put a smile on people’s faces, either by spending time in a garden or park, or actively helping out in looking after them. Thanks to donations, a disused piece of land has been transformed at our Keighley accommodation into a communal outdoor space for clients who otherwise wouldn’t have access to a garden. With a vegetable patch allowing people to grow their own produce, this beautiful and peaceful plot…
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OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of Living Well

OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of Living Well

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After a short break, the National Housing Federation’s #HomesattheHeart campaign returns, with this week’s focus surrounding the idea of living well. Supported housing balances affordable prices with dedicated and often personalised services to help those experiencing mental and physical health problems receive the care and support they need in their tenancies and throughout their recovery. The benefits of supported housing for our vulnerable clients are endless, and the emphasis on ensuring we support people through hard times also helps relieve some of the pressures on the NHS and other public services. High quality housing promotes better physical and mental health for individuals. A clean and safe environment is pivotal for ensuring people can begin to turn their lives around and start to build a positive future. Now, more than ever,…
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OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of Making Ends Meet

OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of Making Ends Meet

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This week marks the second themed period of the National Housing Federation’s #HomesattheHeart campaign. Last week the drive focused around the idea of how beneficial housing is to the economy, opening employment doors to people who are homeless and the most vulnerable. This time around sees an emphasis placed on affordable and supported housing. Some of our clients face huge barriers to the housing market, not least unemployment, a poor credit history, debt and arrears, substance or alcohol misuse and difficulties budgeting. With the private rental market commanding high rents and high demand, supported housing provides a lifeline for people who are otherwise marginalised from mainstream housing. Supporting people through difficult times is essential in our goal of helping some of the most vulnerable people in society into independent tenancies,…
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Case study: Joseph

Case study: Joseph

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Joseph, 19, hopes to become a professional football player one day. Joseph plays for Bradford Park Avenue’s youth team. He quickly showcased his talent, having scored goals in every match he played since joining the club in 2019. Joseph would like to thank Bradford Park Avenue for giving him the chance and hopes to go on to play for the club's first team. He is dedicated to football as he trains every day, practicing at the club or in his spare time. He said: “My life is football. Football keeps my life safe.” Joseph’s passion for football began at an early age. His father got him into the sport and encouraged him to follow his dream to play professionally. Born in Uganda, he played football for a number of academies…
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Case study: Leah’s story

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Leah, 18, came to our Group Living Service (GLS) accommodation in Bradford in June 2018. After a year of support, Leah’s mental health has improved and she is now living independently in her own home. She said: “I found out about the GLS hostel as two of my friends were living there. I was staying at another hostel but my mental health deteriorated and I wasn’t looking after myself. I received little support and got into a lot of debt. “It was also easy for anyone to access the building as you could get in by just using a fob. People would go into the hostel and cause trouble, which meant that the police would regularly turn up.” Leah moved into our GLS accommodation a day after having applied for…
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Case study: Hannah’s story

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Hannah* came to Horton Housing just days before giving birth to her daughter. Hannah had suffered domestic violence with her former partner. He had taken Hannah and her three children hostage and threatened to kill them before punching her six-year-old son in the face. Her friend helped her escape the situation. He had been her first love and they subsequently got back together, planning to move to Grassington with the children. He was a great dad to her three children, the eldest of which has ADHD and learning difficulties. Sadly, at just 34, he died from a brain clot. ‘I never grieved properly because I didn’t want to see my kids upset,’ she said. ‘My eldest son was quite a handful back then. He didn’t sleep so we were up…
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Service: STAY at Home – Keighley

Service: STAY at Home – Keighley

Phone: 01535 683612 | Email: stay@hortonhousing.co.uk STAY at Home provides housing-related support for people with multiple or complex needs who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The team will visit you in your own home, or the place where you are living at the moment i.e. if you are in temporary accommodation. The service is aimed at vulnerable people with high levels of need. For example, you may have problems with drugs or alcohol, mental health issues or offending behaviour. You do not have to have a recognised diagnosis of a mental health condition or a specific disability, but you may have experienced periods of homelessness or have an unsettled lifestyle which puts you at risk of homelessness. We offer support to: Find suitable accommodation Set up and maintain…
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Service: STAY in Boldshay / Assisi

Service: STAY in Boldshay / Assisi

Phone 01274 305683 | Email : stayinboldshay@hortonhousing.co.uk STAY in Boldshay / Assisi offers accommodation and housing-related support for people with multiple or complex needs who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We have two hostels in Bradford: STAY in Boldshay and STAY in Assisi. Both hostels have 10 units of accommodation, which are available for men only. Each flat is self-contained and support is available 24/7. We also have properties in the Bradford area (these are called 'dispersed properties') available for men and women. Accommodation includes one and two bedroom flats and self-contained bedsits. There is a lower level of staffing for these units, but support is available 24/7. All units are fully furnished and equipped and have laundry facilities. The service is for men and women, aged…
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Service: STAY in Millhaven

Service: STAY in Millhaven

Phone 01274 305965 | Email : millhavenstay@hortonhousing.co.uk STAY in Millhaven offers accommodation and housing-related support for people with multiple or complex needs who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Our Millhaven hostel in Bradford is for women only and has 20 units of accommodation. Each flat is self-contained and support is available 24/7. We also have properties in Bradford and Shipley which are available for men and women. Accommodation includes one bedroom self-contained flats and self-contained bedsits. There is a lower level of staffing for these units, but support is available 24/7. All units are fully furnished and equipped and have laundry facilities. Please note: The visiting service is for men and women, aged 16 and over, with or without children. The service is aimed at vulnerable people…
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