‘Supported housing’ is a solution for vulnerable people to maintain their dignity and be part of a community.
It is a variety of schemes designed to provide both housing and support to help vulnerable people live as independently as possible in their community and maintain their tenancies, hence tackling and preventing societal issues such as homelessness, poverty, mental health breakdowns, and risk of abuse.
These schemes are designed to meet the needs of particular client groups, such as people with mental health issues, learning or physical disabilities, addiction issues, victims at risk of domestic violence, ex-offender or older people.
The level of support varies from twice a week floating visits to projects staffed from 9am to 5pm and some overnight and security staff where necessary.
90 minute weekly meetings are also held and all clients are expected to attend. Housing and support issues will be discussed at these meetings and clients are urged to rectify issues themselves using amicable means.
This support is delivered by staff often known as key workers, wardens or support workers. Services include support for people living in shared and individual homes (studios).