Supporting settled futures

We’re supporting the National Housing Federation’s Homes at the Heart campaign. This week we’re focusing on ‘settled futures’, exploring the vital role housing associations play in preventing homelessness, and supporting people to secure long-term accommodation.

Carla Williams, Manager at Linby Drive, reflects on how vital our homelessness support is:

“Stanley* was referred to us by Nottingham Housing Aid earlier this year.

“He had been found wondering the streets in a confused state.

“A single man in his late seventies, Stanley had shared a home with a friend for the last two decades. One day, during the peak of the COVID-19 lockdown, he’d popped out to buy essentials and when he returned home the locks had been changed.

“For two days Stanley walked the streets, trying to stay warm and make sense of his situation.

“Luckily a local charity found him. He was cold, hungry and very tired. He was placed in a hotel for a short time, before transferring to us at Linby Drive. He had next to nothing with him. We worked to secure food parcels and essential supplies as well as giving him a warm, clean room and the support he needed.

“We helped him to register with the local GP, source PPE to keep him safe on his daily walk and complete housing applications.

“An application for a self-contained, warden-aided flat was accepted and Stanley has now moved into his own home, overlooking a beautiful park. We appealed to a number of charities to help him kit out his new flat, and managed to source all the furniture he needed.

“It’s been a tough few months for Stanley. But he’s settling in well in his own, secure home, spending many an hour happily watching the wildlife outside his window.”

Linby Drive in Nottingham, provides temporary accommodation for single people and pregnant couples. They offer nine individual bedrooms with shared facilities.

At NCHA we provide accommodation and offer floating support for people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness across Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

*Names have been changed to conceal identities.