New funding to continue Calderdale rough sleeper service

Calderdale Council has awarded new funding to a scheme that supports rough sleepers, meaning that this work can continue for another two years. The scheme, run by Horton Housing and called Street Reach, has been extended to include work with people who beg on the streets. Horton Housing will work jointly with the Council to look into what leads people to take up begging, how to tackle it and what advice they can give to the public on how to respond to it. Outreach workers will approach people and try to build a relationship with them to try to understand why they are begging. They will try to work with them to access the right support to divert them from this – whether it is help with benefits, or putting…
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Horton Housing working to prevent homelessness in Harrogate

Horton Housing working to prevent homelessness in Harrogate

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.…
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Service: Harrogate STAY

Service: Harrogate STAY

Phone 01423 608997| Email (& referrals): harrogatestay@hortonhousing.co.uk Harrogate STAY (Supported Tenancies at Yorkshire) provides housing-related support for people aged 18 and above in the Harrogate area, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Our support workers will visit you in your own home to help you to develop the skills, confidence and knowledge to maintain a tenancy and live independently. A drop-in service is available in and around Harrogate: 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 To make a referral: To…
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Case study: Mark

Case study: Mark

Mark’s life went downhill after a stay in hospital in Leeds. He had been treated for a brain haemorrhage and when he came home he found that his partner had started a relationship with someone else, so he had to leave, which left him homeless. He went to Scarborough as he had friends there who he was able to stay with for a short time before sleeping rough or staying in various shelters. He got accommodation through Horton in March and has been receiving support for health problems. He said: “I have had some medical trouble. I was suicidal at one point. But my support worker goes to the doctors with me and speaks for me. “She has got me thinking in a different light and I am feeling better…
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Case study: Daniel

Case study: Daniel

Daniel, 32, was going through a difficult period in his life when a friend recommended he got in touch with Horton Housing. He became homeless after a relationship breakdown and for a while slept rough or stayed with friends. One of these friends recommended he contacted Horton Housing. He said: “I had been going through some difficult stuff in my personal life and my head went for a bit and I started self-harming.” But through Horton’s STAY in Grattan scheme, Daniel has been getting support for his mental health, paying off debts and getting his life back on track. He has been with the scheme for six months and support workers have allowed him to stay on for longer until he feels ready to live independently. “Everyone has been really…
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Case Study: Diane

Case Study: Diane

Diane, and her dog, Mr B, are looking forward to a more settled future, thanks to support from Horton’s homeless support services. Diane’s route to homelessness was unexpected after a career in caring. She had worked as a senior carer in a care home, but started to suffer from back problems. This led to her needing to take time off and having surgery to fix the problem. But when she returned to work, her back gave out again, so she had to reluctantly leave her job. Diane tried to claim benefits for her health problems, which also included epilepsy; she started to suffer seizures a few years ago. She received payments for a while, then they were suspended, as she was told that her health issues no longer qualified. Diane’s…
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Service: Kirklees Homeless Intervention and Prevention Service (HIPS)

Service: Kirklees Homeless Intervention and Prevention Service (HIPS)

Phone 01484 411870 | Email : hips@hortonhousing.co.uk Horton Intervention and Prevention Service (HIPS) works in Kirklees with people  aged 16+ who, due to their support needs, are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or who need assistance to maintain their tenancy. Priority is given to those who are assessed as being at greatest need/risk of homelessness. Additional needs such as mental health, vulnerability to abuse, substance misuse, chaotic lifestyle/multiple needs, and social isolation, will be taken into consideration. HIPS is a floating support service, providing housing related support to help clients develop the skills they need to live independently and maintain a tenancy. Our team of Intervention Workers visit their clients on a weekly basis, in their own home, or the place they are staying e.g. temporary accommodation. The service also offers…
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Could you spare a room for a young homeless person?

Could you spare a room for a young homeless person?

Horton Housing Association is looking for people in the Calderdale area who could make a real difference to a young person’s life by offering their spare room and some support. The Supported Lodging scheme gives a young person, who is homeless or at risk of homelessness, a warm, safe place to live, support in preparing to live independently and the chance to look forward to the future. Pat Fraser became a supported lodgings host two years ago. The role appealed to her after a career of working with young people – she has been both a college lecturer and a classroom support assistant for children with special needs. She has previously offered her spare room to overseas students from a local private school at weekends and holidays. She said: “I…
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Case study: Jake

Case study: Jake

Jake, 21, came to Spring Street hostel in June 2017. He had recently separated from his partner, with whom he has a young daughter and was sofa-surfing at friends' houses. He has a strained relationship with his mother and living with his father would mean that Jake would not be able to see his daughter regularly. After struggling to find a place to live, Jake was referred to the hostel. Staying at Spring Street has given Jake the chance to remain in the area, enabling him to continue to see his daughter on a regular basis. Jake has enjoyed his time at Spring Street. He said: “There is a pool table so I was happy when I moved in. Everyone looks after the hostel. It's never messy - everyone washes…
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Service: NewStart – Calderdale

Phone 01422 357167 | Email : mailto:newstartreferrals@hortonhousing.co.uk   NewStart provides prevention and support services across Calderdale for people aged 16 and over, who are ex-offenders or at risk of offending. The service supports clients to secure and sustain accommodation and provides ongoing support to enable them to resettle effectively and reduce the likelihood of reoffending. Our services include: Floating Support – personalised, flexible one-to-one support provided in the person’s own home or at a venue of their choice. Accommodation – 6 units of dispersed emergency/ short-term accommodation across Calderdale. This allows for rapid assessment upon release from prison and prevents sofa surfing and disengagement from services. Bond Guarantee Scheme – facilitating access to the private sector to those who may have difficulty accessing social housing. Volunteering & Peer Mentoring Support – opportunities…
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