Having a safe and stable place to stay is essential to breaking the cycle of homelessness.
Over 200 men and women find the space and security they need to grow and heal at our supported accommodation projects each year.
“Social services took my sisters and me after my mum left and we were being neglected by our father. When I first came to the project I was shy and thought “why do I need to talk to staff, why do they have to know my story”? But staff were patient and kind and I learned to trust them. They taught me how to manage my tenancy, to speak by myself to sort out my benefits and to ask for help when I needed it rather than ignoring things. I am very grateful to all the staff for guiding me and supporting me.“
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Young women aged 18-30 can stay in our Naomi Flats in Gateshead for up to two years. Our semi-independent flats provide a great opportunity for our residents to get a taste of independent living, knowing there is always support there if needed.
Karis provides supported accommodation for homeless young women who have young children or who are pregnant. Each family is allocated their own two or three-bedroom semi-independent house, and our project workers run weekly support sessions with each resident to help them set goals and achieve their aspirations.
Elizabeth House in Gateshead provides supported accommodation for young women and their pre-school children and young pregnant women aged 16-25. The young mums who come to Elizabeth House often need a lot of support, so our project is staffed 24 hours a day. Around half of our residents have experienced domestic abuse and 70% of the children are subject to Child Protection. The aim of Elizabeth House is always to resettle mum and child together into their own home. Staff walk alongside the mums as they settle their children into good routines, learn to parent positively, build self-confidence and develop resilience themselves.
No.3 is a supported accommodation project for homeless young women. No.3 is a safe place for them to heal emotionally and develop key life skills such as cooking and cleaning, staying safe, managing money, and making a positive contribution to the project and to the wider community.
47 homeless young people live at the Foyer. 18 of our residents live a supported accommodation project, and 29 are supported in properties in the community. The Foyer is about community. Residents can attend events, house meetings and group activities together. Each resident receives a tailored support programme covering basic life skills such as cooking and budgeting as well as the opportunity to gain skills for employment and education.