People become homeless for a whole range of complex and overlapping reasons. Helping someone out of homelessness is often about more than putting a roof over their head. However, ensuring there is a supply of accessible and affordable housing is critical to prevent and resolve homelessness.
Supported housing provides a lifeline for homeless people who are at a point in their lives where they would struggle to live independently. They help address rough sleeping and the barriers which can prevent vulnerable people from accessing the services.
But keeping someone off the streets is only the first step. To break the cycle of homelessness, accommodation services focus on empowering people to move on with their lives and achieve sustainable, long term recovery.
We work with a number of Homeless Providers across our areas enabling them to support our customers within our larger shared accommodation stock.
SPEAR is a charity for people experiencing homelessness in SW London including Richmond, Merton, Sutton, Kingston and Wandsworth.
Dave is a lifelong Richmond borough resident, having lived in Teddington all his life. He experienced homelessness himself when he was young after a troubled childhood. He struggled with drinking problems for 32 years, particularly after being made redundant from his job as a senior operations clerk for a courier company.