Since 2015, GrowTH Housing has been helping former shelter guests to transition from homelessness to independent living. It is a much-needed ‘stepping stone’ and ‘helping hand’ on what, for many, is a difficult journey.
Three key values underpin this project:
Accessible – Residents can move in without a penny in their pocket.
Affordable – Both those in work and those claiming benefits can afford to live in our flats.
Supportive – Our dedicated housing workers meet regularly with residents and work through a tailored support plan to help them move forward.
The stability of this accommodation, coupled with the support of our housing team enables residents to take positive steps forward in life. Our support to residents primarily focuses on accessing employment, further education, or training. However, it also includes support around claiming benefits, money management, health and wellbeing, as well as considerately encouraging guests to interact with the Christian faith. Each resident typically stays for 12 months with the intention that with a stable income they are then able to move on into privately rented accommodation.
At Growth Housing we recognise a need to provide space for residents to grow physically, spiritually and emotionally in many areas of life. To that end, in the past year we have opened a communal flat in the same housing block to provide a safe space for the residents of all our flats. It’s a place where they can connect with the team and other residents, have support meetings, and join courses, activities, and social events. We hope that this new initiative will help guests to find purpose and belonging.
Over the past 5 years, we have provided housing for 37 people, from all walks of life, and the project has grown to a total of 7 flats for 13 residents.
As we look to the future of GrowTH Housing, we aim to continue to improve the support and move-on options we provide to guests, as well as expanding the project as a whole, to ensure we can help more people on their journey from homelessness to stable homes where they can flourish.