This week we marked World Homeless Day (Thursday 10 October) with the launch of our Housing First pilot. The project is the result of a £100,000 Government grant provided to us and St Albans City and District Council to help rough sleepers.
The project will house our most vulnerable rough sleepers in council and Hightown Housing Association properties, whilst providing wraparound care and intensive support to help them rebuild their lives. The 12-month pilot includes the provision of two Housing First co-ordinators, based at Open Door homeless hostel in St Albans, who will work proactively with each person to help them identify their goals, access services to improve their health and wellbeing and enable them to integrate into the local community.
Group Manager for Strategic Housing, Natasha Beresford, said: “Unlike other homelessness intervention models, Housing First places no pre-conditions on people, only a willingness to maintain their tenancy. The approach has proved to be very successful in other parts of the UK in helping people break the cycle of instability that can keep them on the streets. We’re excited about the prospect of recreating this success in Dacorum.”
We are actively committed to tackling homelessness in Dacorum and last year were awarded the National Practioner Support Service (NPSS) Gold Standard for our work in preventing homelessness.
If you're concerned about someone sleeping rough, you can report this on the StreetLink website. All information will be shared with us, so that we can help that person connect to local services and support.
More information about our homelessness service and sources of support is available on our Homeless or at risk page.