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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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: Arabia

Case study: Arabia

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Arabia was facing eviction because the mess in her house had become unmanageable. She had lived in her home for 19 years and raised her three children there. Arabia has a number of serious health problems and very limited mobility. She is in a lot of pain most of the time. Arabia had become confined to her living room where she slept on her reclining chair. Her son, who has autism and is selectively mute, was looking after her but was struggling to cope. Arabia hadn’t left the house in two-and-a-half years. Unable to use the kitchen, mother and son were living on take-away food. Rubbish, including food packaging, was mounting up putting Arabia at risk from fire and pests. She was distrustful of the housing officers who came around…
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Kind-hearted staff give homeless families the gift of Christmas

Kind-hearted staff give homeless families the gift of Christmas

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Generous staff at Eccleshill Treatment Centre, who are part of Westcliffe Health Innovations, have collected 22 boxes of goods for homeless families this Christmas. They gave toiletries, toys, books, household items, coats, hats, scarves, gloves and clothes for clients at various Horton Housing schemes in Bradford. Horton Housing provides housing, training and support services for vulnerable people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and North Yorkshire. The donations will be distributed among families and single people who are living in temporary and supported accommodation this Christmas. Some of the toys are brand new and will be wrapped up for the children as Christmas presents from Santa. The toiletries will be given as gifts to young people aged 16-25 living in our group living accommodation…
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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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Kind hearts and green fingers

Kind hearts and green fingers

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A generous donation will help to create a beautiful garden area at our homeless service in Keighley. Computershare Loan Services has donated £1,000 to Horton Housing’s STAY at Home (Keighley) service to transform a disused piece of land at the back of its premises. STAY at Home provides accommodation and support to people who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness in the Keighley area. They work with clients who have multiple or complex needs including issues with domestic violence, substance misuse, mental health and learning difficulties. Clients got together last week to plan the project and hope to include: • flowerbeds • a vegetable plot and strawberry patch • a water feature or pond • a seating area to relax, socialise and meditate • a compost bin and…
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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 & Prevention Service (HIPS) is part of Kirklees Better Outcomes Partnership (KBOP).This is a partnership of social sector organisations, commissioned by Kirklees Council to support people in Kirklees who face an increased risk of homelessness as a result of their support needs. HIPS works in Kirklees with people aged 16+ who 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, are taken into consideration. HIPS is a floating support service, providing housing related support and education, training and employment support, to help clients develop the…
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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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