Our Supported Accommodation
Ready4Home based in Preston provide assisted living housing at homes and apartments across Greater Manchester and Lancashire specifically for the purpose of supported housing. The supported accommodation are for selected residents, providing them with a safe space and stable foundation so they can rebuild their lives. Our clients may be in recovery or being helped reintegrate after a range of complex issues including (but not limited to) substance misuse, homelessness, domestic violence and sexual exploitation, all with their own set of personal needs and circumstances.
We believe that a stable home is only the start of addressing these issues and work in partnership with local authorities and organisation to provide professional support based on their requirements.
We firmly believe that everyone deserves to have a chance and a safe home. Without this, long term, sustainable changes to are extremely hard to implement.
Making Homes out of Houses
We have a range of different properties starting from single apartments to larger houses of multiple occupancy. Where we place our clients is based on a screening process which determines the best property for their needs.
We primarily house single males and females. Every client is assessed on their own merit and placements are carefully planned for the benefit of internal and external residents.
Ready4Home currently has several supported housing accommodation units consisting of shared houses and self contained units across Greater Manchester and Lancashire. All supported accommodation are modelled around our successful initial properties in Greater Manchester and Preston.
The accommodation we provide our residents with always includes the essentials. Basic furniture such as a bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, tables and chairs are provided as well as white goods and appliances including fridge, cooker, toaster & kettle. Furnishing houses with these basic amenities comes at a considerable initial cost which most of our residents are not in a position to cover. We help to provide these in a bid to give our clients the best possible start and not set them up to fail.
Domestic Violence Victims
There is a clear and well evidenced link between domestic abuse and homelessness. In 2017, official statistics for England show that 6,850 people were accepted as homeless by their local authority because of a violent relationship breakdown, this accounts for 12% of all homeless applications (Crisis, 2019).
Nations Apart (2014) research found that 61% of homeless females had experienced violence and/or abuse from a partner. Official statistics state in England and Wales alone 1.3 million women experienced domestic abuse in 2017/2018 and on average two women a week die as a result of violence from a current or ex-partner (ONS, 2018).
Accommodation is one of the ‘nine pathways’ officially recognised by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) as key to reducing reoffending for men and women. It is identified by people who offend as second only to employment in improving their chances of resettlement (HM Government, 2019). Yet people in trouble with the law may find themselves declared intentionally homeless, deemed ineligible for housing, or cut off housing benefit and evicted for rent arrears. Without a home, it is much harder to find employment, training placements, register with a GP to access health care, and arrange benefits. A lack of suitable housing can be a cause of offending, a homeless person may commit a crime out of desperation to have a roof over her head (albeit a police station or prison cell).
Access to safe, affordable accommodation is commonly identified by men and women in prison as a top priority for successful resettlement. We recognise that without a home, many people don’t stand a chance and the cycle continues. In response to this demand we created Reasdy4Home. The project was specifically created to house people leaving prison. We aim to end the cycle of re offending by picking clients up at the gates and offering a solution from day one. A Ready4Home member of staff will pick the resident up on the day of release, take them to all necessary appointments and drop them off to a home, where they’ll be met with warmth by a support worker.
Rough sleeping is the starkest form of homelessness and it is often the most vulnerable survivors who sleep rough following their escape from abuse. Men and Women sleeping rough also experience domestic abuse in their relationships on the streets, where other than ourselves, specialist gender-specific services to address their particular needs are few and far between. Sleeping rough is dangerous for anyone, however women carry the added burden of gender-based violence and abuse before, during, and after their time on the streets. Research by Crisis (2016), the homelessness charity, found 58% of women sleeping rough had been intimidated or threatened with violence and force in the past 12 months compared to 42% of men..
Hidden Homeless/Sofa Surfing
Hiding from harm can mean that men and women are also hidden from help and missing out on homeless services, moreover they are not being counted in official statistics, which are also suspected to be significantly miscalculated/underestimated. Estimates suggest that there are hundreds of thousands of homeless men and women in the UK, with many of them in temporary accommodation or sofa surfing (House of Commons, 2020). These hidden homeless people often carry the same problems or come from the same situations as the men and women above, but are often forgotten once a very temporary solution is found to their issues.