Trent & Dove become latest to join Housing First project

The association will work with the local council to offer five tenancies to rough sleepers.

Homeless person sleeping on a bench

Trent & Dove Housing, in close partnership with East Staffordshire borough council, is the latest to announce participating in the Housing First Project.

Delivering the service after a successful application for a central government grant, the project sets to provide a stable, independent home to those homeless without the need to first pass through other forms of supported accommodation.

The grant, which totals £48,000, was awarded to ensure that the council delivers the Housing First Project to entrenched rough sleepers during 2019/20.

With a mission to “Transform Homes, Lives and Neighbourhoods”, Trent & Dove have also recruited a Housing First Support Worker, who will provide dedicated one-to-one support to those rough sleepers who are selected for a tenancy as part of this project.

Cllr Ray Faulkner, deputy leader for environment and housing, said: “I’m delighted that the council was able to secure this grant so it can offer this service to some of our most vulnerable residents.

“Those rough sleepers who are carefully selected as part of this project will have direct and tailored support from a dedicated support worker and access to accommodation.”

The project will initially run for 12 months, and five tenancies will be offered to entrenched rough sleepers in the borough – either single people or couples.

Rachel Chudley, director of neighbourhoods at Trent & Dove Housing, added: “Housing First is a fantastic initiative, and it is great to work alongside East Staffordshire borough council and other local agencies to help provide a home for the street homeless in East Staffordshire.

“It will support some of the most vulnerable people in our region, and projects like this can play an important role in supporting people, particularly those who have been sleeping rough for a long time, to be able to secure a home.

“This approach provides people with flexible support and focusses on what that person might need to recover and live independently.”

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