Innovative tailored housing trial is working 

Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) has developed a new housing offer that is being trialled by people who have spent decades in larger hostel accommodation. The five individuals taking part in the trial were ready to leave supported accommodation but needed a home with a lower level of ongoing support to help sustain independent living long-term. 

The innovative trial began in the spring and the tenants are thriving taking great pride in their own home. They are given one to one support with how to engage with services, taking part in positive activities, employment skills, focusing on wellbeing, mental health support, and with the practicalities of setting up a tenancy, how to pay bills, and organising furniture. 

YHN recognises that one size does not fit all in terms of accommodation for people rough sleeping and have developed this trial in response to the complex needs of the individual. The new offer with a reduced level of support to that given in a hostel environment will help people learn how to stand on their own two feet. 

The new offer has given people hope and shown that there is another way to live. The impact of having a home has made a real difference to entrenched behaviour and led to harm reduction in some cases. It has proven that the model works for the individual, as well as delivering a cost-benefit for the housing provider and the city council. If its success continues, the new offer will be introduced in other areas across the city.