Residents are set to move into a new supported housing service for young people in Hoddesdon, which opened its doors this week.
Four 16–18-year-olds will move into the specialist shared home after they leave full-time care so they can gain the skills they need to live independently. Specialist mentors will provide daily support until the young adults are ready to move into their own accommodation in the community.
We provided an adapted four-bedroom property to house the service, which will be run by local charity One YMCA and Hertfordshire County Council’s County Leaving Care team, working in partnership Broxbourne Borough Council.
Mark Turner, Director of Operations at One YMCA said, “We're currently mobilising our Dynamic Pathway to Independence as a seamless transitional pathway across all of our operational areas in Hertfordshire. It’s the template of what we see as a real route out of homelessness for young people. It’s also amazing to be able to work with partners such as B3Living to take an empty property and turn it into this, it is a great testament to partnership working where we can all play to our strengths.”
It is the second of two services commissioned in the borough thanks to an innovative partnership between Hertfordshire County Council, Broxbourne Borough Council, specialist support agencies and B3Living.
Executive Director from B3Living, Chris Ellison, explained, “Recently we conducted some research into the housing crisis locally using data from our partners. What we found out was that the proportion of people who needed support, as well as housing, in Broxbourne was double the average for the rest of the county.”
He added, “We looked for opportunities to address this gap. B3Living was able to identify two properties that could be converted into supported housing, but what really allowed us to bring these services into being was the unique combination of agencies involved: housing, health, adult social care, charities and both local authorities.”
The first service opened in February this year with support provider, Emerging Futures, working with four vulnerable adults. Each service is a pilot that will run for a minimum of one year.
Chris Badger, Hertfordshire County Council’s Director of Adult Care Services, said, “We’ve been delighted to work with B3Living and our partners on these developments. It is vital that different organisations work together like this to provide housing to those people that need a little more help to live independently.”