An Exeter homeless charity is appealing for help to keep homeless people off the streets this winter.
Julian House supports vulnerable and at-risk people experiencing homelessness, including those escaping domestic abuse, and adults with learning difficulties.
In previous years, the city’s winter Safe Sleep Shelter which helps provide accommodation for homeless people would have already opened, but due to Covid-19 restrictions, this style of shared accommodation is not possible this winter.
Julian House is now appealing for help to accommodate some of the people they support who are ready to enter the next chapter of their lives.
The charity has been awarded National Lottery Funding meaning that they can provide supported accommodation for people with a history of sleeping rough in Exeter or who are currently housed in an emergency Covid-19 hotel and other temporary accommodation.
It desperately needs small 2-3 bed or completely self-contained accommodation and is asking landlords to come forward so that more people can be accommodated, and they can grow their existing portfolio in Exeter.
Julian House will move people who are in temporary accommodation and ready to live independently; into secure accommodation, which frees up bed spaces in the hostels for those coming off the streets.
Richard Jones, service and development manager for Julian House, Devon, Cornwall & Dorset, said: “We would like to encourage all landlords across the city to work with Julian House to support people who have previously been homeless to get back on their feet.
“We are looking for 2 or 3 bed properties for individuals who are ready to live independently, whilst Julian House is available to support the tenant and the landlord. The individuals we are supporting have made great strides forward and are now in a position to take on their own property to continue their positive progress, whilst knowing they will have the safety of support from Julian House.”
At the start of lockdown, Julian House worked with Exeter City Council and other partner agencies to move those sleeping rough on the city’s streets into various accommodation across Exeter. The residents have continued to be supported throughout lockdown, some of whom remain in accommodation today with support plans in place to address the underlying reasons why the person became homeless in the first place and to plan a move to independent accommodation.
The Exeter Assertive Homeless Outreach Team have also engaged on 435 separate occasions with people sleeping rough since the start of the pandemic. The team build relationships and trust with individuals, help and support them into accommodation and work with multiple agencies to achieve positive and sustainable outcomes.
So far this year, the team have achieved positive outcomes with 60% of their clients who have moved into accommodation, reconnected with family members, moved back home or have been accepted into a detox clinic to address their addiction.
Anybody interested in potentially providing accommodation is asked to contact Martin Chappell for an informal conversation on 07956088148 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Devon Live has launched Hidden Devon, a series of campaigns highlighting issues that lie beneath the surface of our county.
The first concerns the issue of homelessness in the county’s cities, towns and villages – exacerbated by the grim impact of the global pandemic.
Not only do scores of people sleep rough on streets, in parks and even on farmland, there are those labelled ‘of no fixed abode’ for other reasons. They may have fled to a refuge, they may have been temporarily housed in a bed and breakfast or they may simply be living in one of region’s dedicated homeless hostels.
How to give
A big part of our campaign is recognising the institutions across the region that are desperately trying to help those in need. In many instances, they are staffed with volunteers giving up their own free time.
You can donate to various charities including PATH Torbay via this link, the Julian House Christmas Appeal covering Exeter and other parts of Devon via this link, or St Petrocks in Exeter via this link.
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