Supported housing is for single, homeless people with a local connection to Basingstoke and Deane who could benefit from support to sustain and manage their housing. People are offered accommodation on the understanding that they agree to work with the support offered by the provider. This is primarily through May Place House.
May Place House is a local hostel which offers short-term accommodation to people who are homeless, single and aged 18 or over. Referrals are made thorough Julian House Outreach team who can be contacted on 01256 322791. After a short period, residents of May Place House may move into medium-term supported housing. This will usually consist of a bedroom and shared kitchen and bathroom facilities with other residents. Independent facilities is usually only offered as part of a staged move-on to those who have lived successfully within a shared environment. Therefore, an initial supported housing option would be to share with other tenants.
Supported housing can offer help with any of the following:
You can be considered for supported housing if you:
And are experiencing any of the following:
*There are a limited number of supported housing placements for those aged 16 and 17 years of age. Children aged 16 and 17 years of age will normally be the responsibility of their parents or Children’s Services. It is only in exceptional circumstances that they may be considered for a supported housing placement through the housing department. All referrals for young person services will be sent through Children Services.
If you are single and homeless or threatened with homelessness, you will need to seek advice at the council offices or by phoning the Housing Team on 01256 844844. Alternatively referrals can be made through Julian House. Applicants will need to contact Julian House Outreach Team on 01256 322791, referrals can also be made by other agencies, such as:
Other supported services currently on offer in Basingstoke:
You might not be referred to supported housing if:
If you have previously accessed supported housing and accrued rent arrears or displayed behaviours which have led to you being evicted from a service, or you choosing to leave a service, you will be expected to actively engage in an action plan to address these previous issues before being referred again for a supported housing service. For example, this may include you being expected to engage in a rent repayment plan or with drug/alcohol support services.
There are 20 bed spaces at May Place House and often there are many people who are single, homeless and trying to access this accommodation. It could take several weeks, following your acceptance, before you are offered a vacancy. As soon as a suitable placement is available, the provider of that service will contact you directly.
Individuals usually move on from May Place House within 12 to 24 weeks. If you move on into alternative supported housing from May Place House, it is likely that you will stay for six months to two years. Throughout this time, you will be expected to save money and develop your tenancy skills to assist you with moving on into independent living within the private rented sector.
The most likely way that you will move on will be into the private rented sector. Your support plan whilst living in supported housing will focus on budgeting and saving money towards a deposit and rent in advance within the private rented sector. If you are under the age of 35 then this would be for a room in a shared house. If you are aged 35 and over, this could be a studio or one bedroom flat.
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