Housing Accommodation

RIVER NETWORK Housing, offering information, guidance, signposting & support. Our Board, Leaders and team come with decades of credibility, Professional experience and qualifications. With this experience, heart and local need are looking to expand our services. At  river network we looking into expanding  out in to housing and supported living for young people who need support and help.

Supported housing is an excellent way to help people get back on their feet and learn to how to live an independent life. Having an address can also help both homeless people and young people get a job and help them get stability back into their lives. Proving a bed also provides the space for people to gain skills and confidence. Stepping stone accommodation provides the best of both worlds providing a safe space as well as support if it’s required. People in supported housing usually receive housing benefits or universal credits to help them pay for the rent. Housing can also support men and women leaving abusive an abusive household proving a safe space. At river network we are hoping to provide accommodation to the local community needing a safe place to call home. We welcome strategic partners.

Supported housing provides help to some of the most vulnerable people in the U.K

Supported housing allows people to live independently as possible within the situation they may have.

 Supported Housing plays a crucial role in the health of communities by ensuring everyone can live their best life, hopefully in their own home where possible. Supported Housing can also ease pressure off services such as the NHS and care services. Supported Housing covers a wide range of services and plays an important role for many people regarding their safety and independence. These services cover:

  • Older members of communities
  • People with mental/physical disabilities
  • People who could be at risk or who are currently homeless
  • People recovering from alcohol/substance abuse and/or dependance
  • Younger people who may have a complex support need
  • People with mental health issues
  • People who are fleeing abuse

It’s difficult to get an accurate number of the amount of people who are homeless but according to Crisis UK, “On any given night, tens of thousands of families and individuals are experiencing the worst forms of homelessness across Great Britain, this includes over 200,000 households in England alone”.

Almost 100,000 households recorded as homeless at the of 2021. At the end of December 2020, 95,370 homeless household were living in supported accommodation which is an increase of 8% in a year. This means there has been an additional 7,060 households.

In Derbyshire there are roughly 800 homeless people living in the county in 2021.

Supported housing provides help to some of the most vulnerable people in the U.K

Supported housing allows people to live independently as possible within the situation they may have.

Supported housing can help a wide range of people and situations including;

  • Older people
  • People with physical/learning disabilities
  • Individuals and families who are at risk or have experienced homelessness
  • People recovering from alcohol or drug dependence
  • People with experience of criminal justice
  • Young people with a support need
  • People with mental health issues
  • People fleeing from domestic violence

Almost 100,000 households recorded as homeless at the of 2021. At the end of December 2020, 95,370 homeless household were living in supported accommodation which is an increase of 8% in a year.

This means there has been an additional 7,060 households.

In Derbyshire there are roughly 800 homeless people living in the county in 2021.

Types of Supported Housing

There are many different types of supported housing, which can offer different levels of support. Some schemes may even offer help people in their own house.

Floating Support services help by offering a person support in their own home. This support service may help with:

  • Benefits
  • Budgeting
  • Maintaining your tenancy
  • Life skills such as learning to cook
  • Accessing care, local activities, education, training or advocacy

Floating Support is often run by charities.

Shared lives schemes is where a person lives within someone else’s home and they are able to receive support. The people who they live with will be there landlord. This scheme is more common in some parts of the country more than others.

Sheltered Housing is where a person lives in a block or group of flats. People in sheltered housing are monitored by a warden and will sometimes have extra supported staff. People in sheltered housing can support themselves, but they can get extra help if needed.

Group Homes a person have their own flat or have their own bedroom, but they will share a living room, kitchen and bathroom with other people. With this type of supported housing residents support each other although some places may have extra support from support workers.

Short-Stay Supported Housing

Crisis Housing is offered when a person is in crisis and they will be able to go to a crisis house. Crisis housing offers a short term house and is an alternative of going to hospital.

Crisis Housing can be offered for many different things for example; people who might be having severe symptoms of hallucinations or delusions, or may be feeling suicidal or harming themselves.

People can self-refer themselves to crisis houses but others might ask a health professional or a social worker for a referral.

Short-Stay Hostels offer housing for a short time. Short-stay hostels are usually for people who are homeless and have certain needs. The hostel may try to help a person develop the skills they need to live on their own.

When a person gets a place in a short-stay hostel they usually get their own room, but in an emergency they may have to share. They may also get a support worker to help with their needs.