New partnership supporting homeless people into long term housing gets started this month

12 November 2019

Kineara is partnering with Cromwood Housing and Bexley Council to deliver a five year project supporting single people in temporary accommodation (TA) in the borough with private accommodation and additional holistic support to break the cycle of homelessness.

The ambitious project, called Opening Doors, aims to tackle the cycle of homelessness by providing flexible mid-to-long term support to access and sustain private accommodation, alongside the provision of private housing ready for people to move into.

Bexley has seen a significant rise in homelessness and TA across the borough in the last 5 years, with an expected 1,600 people living in TA in the borough by the end of 2019, putting increasing pressure on Council budgets. In addition, loss of private accommodation is now the single most cited reason for homelessness, reflecting trends across London and across the country.

Resettling

Kineara’s holistic and tailored programme, called Resettling, will provide wellbeing, therapeutic and practical support, including accessing work and training opportunities, exploring and addressing personal and social barriers, mentoring, support with managing tenancies and finances, and more.

This is the first project in which Kineara has the opportunity to support people on a journey from homelessness into sustained housing with an accommodation offer included, having developed and delivered eviction prevention and tenancy sustainment interventions with housing associations across east London for the last 7 years (find out more about RSP, RSP+ and Reframe).

Maria Morgan, director and founder of Kineara, said:

“Kineara is super excited that Bexley Council have welcomed us into the borough to service the residents of Bexley. We have been given a great opportunity alongside Cromwood Housing to support people living in temporary accommodation into secure housing. The programme is designed to ensure that any issues preventing a person sustaining their tenancy is acknowledged and addressed. Partnership is an integral part of our work with people, the local community and the service surrounding the community, and we look forward to working alongside the people and services of Bexley.”

To find out more about the project, click here or visit Bexley Council’s webpage about the programme.

For any enquiries about the project, contact openingdoors@bexley.gov.uk