Housing First strategy evolved in Finland and is proven in countries, such as, the USA and Scotland. The first principle is that stable and secure housing is an essential pre-requisite to turn lives around, achieve positive and sustainable change and is more cost effective than other interventions.
The core principles are that everybody has a right to a home. Flexible support is provided for as long as needed, whereby housing and support are separated. Individuals have choice and control and an active engagement approach is used to support people’s strengths, goals and aspirations. Where required, harm-reduction programmes are provided.
Based on these core principles, we aim to provide eleven specialist-supported, but self-contained, housing units. Tenancies will be awarded non-judgmentally and will be provided for as long as needed to enable clients to transition to more independent living. The development will also have communal facilities and a therapy room, further complemented by Trinity’s day-centre services, as required.
With the cooperation of Winchester City Council and other county-wide stakeholders, the development will be financially viable and sustainable, with running costs met through housing benefit and additional service charges.
The project encapsulates all we seek to achieve, hence its name: UnderOneRoof@trinity
Once vulnerable people have a safe and secure roof over their heads, they can begin to address the other issues that are likely to have led to their homelessness.
I fled domestic abuse after many years. Trinity counselling and support helped me break free from the vicious circle and living in a women’s refuge. They helped me develop forgotten skills, qualifications and gain practical experience. Today, I’m Trinity’s head chef, serving daily those who also need our help.
A relationship breakdown left me homeless and jobless, with no choice but to sleep on the streets. Trinity helped me qualify for a site safety card and a steady job in the construction sector. I’m now living independently, managing my finances and once more able to stand on my own two feet.