Criteria for Eligibility of Scheme

Generally, the following criteria apply:

  • Over the age of 18.
  • Requiring accommodation (post NRM, moving on from a Safehouse, needing the stability of a safe home for rebuilding independence or facing street homelessness. Please note, as this is move-on accommodation, we are unable to accept referrals for clients who do not have conclusive grounds decisions.)
  • Ready to move on and begin to lead a more independent life.
  • Have completed Move On Needs Assessment form.
  • We welcome people regardless of their race, colour, gender, gender expression, age, ethnic origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation and of all faiths and none.

Criteria for Eligibility of Scheme

Generally, the following criteria apply:

  • Over the age of 18.
  • Requiring accommodation (i.e. moving on from a Safehouse, needing the stability of a safe home for rebuilding independence or facing street homelessness).
  • Ready to move on and begin to lead a more independent life.
  • Have completed Move On Needs Assessment form.
  • We welcome people regardless of their race, colour, gender, gender expression, age, ethnic origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation and of all faiths and none.

The four groups we place with hosts are as below:

EU Individuals with Conclusive Grounds decision.

‘Job ready’ although no requirement to be employed.

No physical or mental health needs to prevent them from working.

Lack of finances / access to public funds do not exclude these individuals from this scheme.

Non-EU individuals with leave to remain.

Need support to live fully independently.

Does not meet threshold for adult social services intervention.

Non-EU individuals who are seeking asylum

Not ready to live independently in NASS accommodation.

Does not meet threshold for Adult Social Services.

EU Individuals with access to public funds (including British Citizens)

Need medium to high support to live independently.

Learning difficulties or mental health issues but does not meet threshold for adult social services.

Referral Process

Please see the Referral Process flowchart for more detailed information.

As the referrer, you will need to explain the scheme and discuss the referral with your client. They have no knowledge of us or our hosts, but they do know and trust you. It’s important to consider that moving from their current geographical area may not be in their best interest because doing so may affect their entitlement to housing benefit i.e. they may need to have had continuous ties there for a specified period of time. Please explore this fully with individuals and they may feel that the benefits (support, accommodation, safety and a fresh start) may outweigh this.

Different hosts have varying expectations and house rules. Once we have received your referral form and found a match, we will send you a ‘bio’ of the hosts so that you can discuss this with your client.

If Hope at Home are unable to place the client, your agency will need to consider whether to continue to provide support, explore alternative housing arrangements or prepare for homelessness.

The responsibility to find alternative accommodation (or face street homelessness) in the event of an unplanned eviction rests entirely and only with the individual.

Provision of Support

Hope at Home facilitates living arrangements by recruiting, supporting and training hosts. Hosts are also expected to have their own network of support.

We do not expect hosts to offer professional support or advocacy for their guests and so we work alongside other agencies who are able to offer this, coupling safe accommodation along with expert and well trained support for the guest.  We also have  an established relationship with a counsellor who is professionally qualified and experienced specifically in this area, who is happy to undertake this work pro-bono and can do this from anywhere in the country.

The role of the host is one of practical support such as basic life-skills and encouragement to access other services.  Hosts are trained to signpost to other services if necessary.

 

 

Finances

Our intention is to provide accommodation whether or not the individual has access to public funds. Therefore, if they are not able to apply for housing benefit we can still place them.

If the guest is unable to claim any benefits or work in the UK, the hosts will be able to claim up to £50 per week for associated expenses e.g. travel costs and toiletries for the guest, extra groceries or heating bills.

Timescales

Please fill in the Referral Form as accurately and honestly as you possibly can. Our hosts are welcoming strangers into their homes and will need as much detail as possible in order to undertake this voluntary arrangement.

Once we have received your referral form, we will begin the process straight away and keep you informed along the way. If you have a specific time limit, please make this clear on the referral form.

Please contact us on:

Telephone 07877 447341  |  Email: info@hopeathome.org.uk   |