Hosford provides 26 rooms/apartments for people who are homeless. The facilities are located in the Skainos Centre on Lower Newtownards Road in a “state of the art” unit which was opened in October 2012 offering some of the best temporary accommodation in Northern Ireland. The project is funded by Supporting People and jointly managed with Oaklee-Trinity Housing.
There are three types of accommodation within the facilities. On the ground floor there are 12 basic rooms with en suite. Residents on this floor use a communal kitchen and dining room. Upstairs there are 10 apartments. Each one has a kitchen and dining area, bedroom, and bathroom with bath. Hosford provides four ‘move on’ apartments which are located in a different building but still within the Skainos facilities. This model of accommodation allows a stepping stone approach to attaining independence.
Each resident has a Support Worker who helps them to find their own home and deal with the issues they face. When a person does move out they have support from a Tenancy Support Worker for up to two years. On site there are many services which our clients can avail of: Stepping Stone (employability service), Community Outreach that offers counselling, women’s groups, walking groups, Irish classes and much more, Age NI, NIAMH (mental health service), EBM congregation and church and volunteer opportunities in various projects.
Hosford Tenancy Support workers provide practical and emotional support to people who are living independently but encountering problems. They aim to enable people to live independently through developing their skills and their ability to deal with problems. The service is about preventing homelessness by intervening in its causes.
The support available includes:
Housing advice and assistance
Benefits advice and assistance
Advice about debt and budgeting
Dealing with addictions
Assistance with integrating into the community
Guidance in dealing with disputes with neighbours or others
Accessing counselling and health services
Advice and assistance in regards to education, training and employment
Guidance with practical issues in the home
Tenancy Support Workers are available to meet with clients in their own homes or other locations in the community. Appointments may be arranged on a daily, weekly or monthly basis for up to two years depending on the needs of the client. Telephone support is also available.
This service is available to people who are over 17 years of age and who need support to live independently and avoid homelessness.