HARP Southend's Homeless Charity
WHAT THE PROJECT DOES
HARP currently have four distinct services that help people off the streets and into accommodation.
The Bradbury Centre Emergency HostelThe 18-bed short stay hostel is available for people needing emergency accommodation – to avoid sleeping on the streets. As well as a single occupancy room with en-suite facilities, HARP also provides 3 meals per day, accredited independence living skills training and support and guidance from a named key worker.
Restart (Criminal Justice and Substance Misuse)Our RESTART programmes are designed to provide supported stable accommodation to those who are undergoing treatment for addiction to substances and find themselves homeless. Our structured programme gives people daily support, access to employment, training and volunteer opportunities, and ensures regular contact with the drug/alcohol services to help people get back on their feet. There are four stages to our programmes; assessment, stabilisation, detox and community/residential rehabilitation, post rehabilitation. Accommodation is provided for people who have been through the criminal justice system, who are receiving treatment for substance misuse and find themselves homeless. 21 people can be helped at any one time. The structured programme gives people daily support, access to employment, training and volunteer opportunities and ensures regular contact with drug services to help people get back on their feet.
Long Term Rough SleepersHARP accommodate up to 35 people over 4 sites, who have been on the streets for a significant amount of time to give them a place to stay with support – helping them to stabilise their life and get back on their feet. Our Learning for Life Big Lottery funded services provides ongoing support to help people develop the skills and confidence to consider a life away from the streets. We recently piloted a Street Outreach service which has proved successful in engaging with entrenched homeless people to use our services and other community partners. This is a valuable resource for which we are seeking renewal funding.
Acorn Housing for Single Homeless PeopleThe Acorn Housing Service provides a range of 26 bedsits and six flats to help people who need support in managing their tenancy. Nine of the bedsits are specifically for younger people aged 18-25. Staff work with tenants to help access education, training and employment opportunities and prepare people on how to manage their own homes in the future.