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Housing Practice

Caritas Anchor House is a residential and life skills centre for single homeless people. They support over 200 people each year, giving them so much more than just a roof over their heads. Their aim is to address the root causes of homelessness and create sustainable solutions that ensure the people we help will never find themselves in that situation again.

Identifying, addressing and finally overcoming the root causes of why someone is on the street is the cornerstone of Caritas Anchor House's success. Upon arrival, each individual becomes involved in their aspirations programme. This programme works with the individual so they can realise which areas of their lives need improving, what direction they want to take their life in, and through training and education, how to get there. 

Anchor house also has a recovery hub available to its residents and the community who are in recovery from alcohol and substance misuse. It is made up of the Recovery Capital Programme, the Recovery Café, SMART Recovery meetings, Peer Mentoring, the Abstinence Day Programme and Mutual Aid groups.

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The Passage

Written by Works for Freedom (20/03/14)

The Passage runs London's largest voluntary sector day centre for homeless and vulnerable people: each day they help up to 200 men and women.

Their eight-strong team of Outreach Workers makes contact, often late at night or early in the morning, with those sleeping rough in Victoria as they are bedding down or getting up each day.

Their 40-bed hostel, Passage House, was officially opened on 1 March 2000. In the year 1 April to 31 March 2013, 23 residents completed a planned move on.

Their 16 self-contained studio flats in Montfort House have staff support on site and specialise in helping very long term rough sleepers.

They welcome and treat clients with respect and dignity, and find out what they need and want. They also offer professional and appropriate advice and help according to the client's needs and aspirations, so that they can agree an action plan with clients which is time limited with the aim of supporting clients out of homelessness.

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Missing Link

Written by Works for Freedom (27/02/14)

Missing Link is a mental health and housing service, for women only, based in Bristol. They provide support to women who are sleeping rough, have a history of sleeping rough, or are in danger of losing their home due their mental illness.

Their many services include shared housing where women will recieve a flexible support plan to deal with their needs, build their skill base and help them move on to permanent housing. Missing Link also provides emotional support on the weekends to help women get to know the area they have moved into and feel confident about their new living arrangements. 

Counselling and specialist support for self-harm is also available, alongside support for accessing educational, voluntary and recreational activities within the city. 


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Written by Works for Freedom (13/02/14)

Yacro know that people just coming out of prison that have no suitable accomodation to go to are very likely to offend and become convicted, and quickly.

This is why it is their mission to take these individuals and offer them a chance to have a secure and settled base from which to start their recovery and new life. When they arrive they are offered in-house numeracy and literacy courses, catering - to help them cook their own healthy meals, budgeting and job application skills. All of these basics are essenial to getting people on the right track and keeping them there.

Yacro has expanded to become a leading provider of a range of offender rehabilitation services, specialising in working with multiple and complex needs and entrenched behaviours. Their services include:

  • Male and female hostels
  • Second stage multiple occupancy
  • Shared housing
  • Drug abstinence and recovery
  • Integrated support package
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Established by a group of homeless people, Single Homeless Project  SHP began with one property in Pimlico in 1977. Today they provide a wide range of accommodation and support services to 6,000 people a year across 22 London boroughs. 

Their wide range of services aim to:

  • Minimise harm from substance misuse and helping people access appropriate treatment
  • Work with the criminal justice system to break offending patterns and help offenders re-integrate into the community
  • Support people with mental ill health who are leaving hospital or facing exclusion from other services
  • Support young people to develop the skills they need to manage their own tenancies
  • Enable all clients to grow in confidence and develop appropriate life skills



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Written by Works for Freedom (09/01/14)

Doorway is a charity drop-in centre in Chippenham, Wiltshire. They provide a friendly, safe place for adults who are homeless or who have complex issues that might affect their ability to acquire and sustain a tenancy.

Homelessness is often an invisible problem in rural areas like North Wiltshire. Unlike the big cities, rough sleepers are rarely seen. Rather than sleeping on the streets, people who find themselves without a roof in Chippenham are often taken in by friends. They are the 'Hidden Homeless' of North Wiltshire.

As well as providing guests with everyday basics like freshly cooked food, and laundry and shower facilities, they also offer a range of activities such as:

  • music
  • creative writing
  • art workshops
  • indoor football
  • IT training
  • women's group

These activities aim to build self esteem and teach new skills as a first step to moving into work and sustaining a tenancy.

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Ashford Place

Written by Works for Freedom (03/01/14)

Over the past 30 years Ashford Place (formerly Cricklewood Homeless Concern) have grown to become a resource for the entire community, not just those who are homeless.

They support and facilitate positive change for individuals through the provision of a range of programmes including; housing, health, training and employment. At the same time they aim to develop services that  build capacity and enhance the lives of the local community.  

They have a  range of objectives under four categories:

  • Community engagement
  • Community services
  • Capacity building
  • Social enterprise development
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Depaul UK

Written by Works for Freedom (23/12/13)

Depaul UK helps young people who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Depaul works with the most disadvantaged young people in the UK and specialise in working in communities where poverty and long-term unemployment have resulted in generations of social exclusion and high rates of homelessness.

They have 38 varied and complimentary projects based around the UK that work with young people to tackle homelessness at every level. They also run Depaul Nightstop UK, the affiliated body for over 45 Nightstop schemes across the UK which offer emergency short term accommodation in the homes of local volunteers on a night by night basis.

They aim to:

  • Protect young people by finding them a place to call home.
  • Prevent young people becoming homeless by rebuilding family relationships and offering through the gate support to young offenders.
  • Provide young people with opportunities to progress beyond homelessness and fulfil their potential.

They also run The Depaul Box Company, where they sell sets of boxes fit for moving your home in with all of the profits going helping young homeless people.

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Providence Row

Written by Works for Freedom (17/12/13)

Providence Row provides a warm, safe place with a range of services all under one roof to help people tackle the root causes of their homelessness. They work closely with other organisations and local councils towards the shared goal of finding accommodation so that people who are rough sleeping can move off the streets and into a home.

It can sometimes take up to four months to find a new home that is affordable, clean and safe. During this time Providence Row supports people with breakfast, showers and practical advice. The effects of homelessness do not end with putting a roof over someone's head. Many of the underlying causes of a person's homelessness will still exist, such as mental health problems or use of drugs or alcohol will persist. Many people will also continue to feel isolated or lonely. They continue to work with people through learning and training opportunities and / or support for mental health, drug, and alcohol problems.


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Alone in London

Written by Works for Freedom (10/12/13)

Alone in London is a youth homelessness charity that has been supporting young people since 1972. They provide a range of services to young people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, and last year engaged with over 2,000 people to achieve this.

Their information service provides initial advice and information on what to do if you are homeless or about to become homeless and will direct you to services in your area. They can also provide 1-2-1 sessions with an advisors, who will find out about young people's circumstances and talk you through their future options.

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