Posted by at 10/10/2012 11:12:37
A countywide service to prevent homelessness started on October 15th 2012. Framework Housing Association support people mainly through drop-ins or appointment based surgeries in the community although there will still be some home visits where needed. Peer support, befriending, mentoring and/or volunteering feature in the new service along with new creative ways of supporting people to get their needs met.
The service works with a range of client groups including young people from 16 years; homeless people or those at risk of homelessness; people with drug or alcohol use issues; offenders and gypsies and travellers. People may be single or families and it will include rough sleepers. Referrals go through Framework's Central access Point or people can go along to one of their drop in sessions around the county. (Previously these groups of people would have used a range of services some of which were generic tenancy sustainment and some more specialist for young people, offenders, people with drug or alcohol issues, gypsies and travellers. These have now been decommissioned.)
There are a number of strands of this service. The priorities are Crisis intervention to prevent loss of accommodation and Resettlement (for those moving on from supported housing, prison, hospital etc). The service also offers Pre-tenancy work to help find suitable accommodation (for a maximum of three months) and short and longer term tenancy sustainment. Rural Community Action Network (RCAN) have been subcontracted to continue to deliver support to Gypsies and Travellers across the county.
NCHA have been subcontracted by Framework to deliver an additional countywide homelessness prevention support service to people who are more vulnerable and may need a longer period of support at a slower pace. This service called NASS, Nottinghamshire Adults Support Service, will include people with a low level of learning disability, autistic spectrum disorder, mental health issues and/or ongoing unstructured or chaotic lifestyle. (This service has taken over from a number of services for vulnerable adults across the coutny which have now been decommissioned)