Support service introduced to stop people becoming homeless

February 28 2017

A NEW system has been adopted in South Gloucestershire to help people who are in danger of becoming homeless.

A NEW system has been adopted in South Gloucestershire to help people who are in danger of becoming homeless.

The charity P3 has been commissioned to run a “floating” support service, going out into communities to help people rather than being office-based.

P3 already works in other parts of the country and said its aim was to ensure people at risk of homelessness got the right support at the right time in order to help them manage and to keep their accommodation.

Mark Simms, chief executive of P3, said the organisation had started by running a number of hostels for the homeless.

But it realised that providing accommodation was just one solution to homelessness and it needed to stop people losing their homes and becoming homeless in the first place.

He said “People lose their homes for a multitude of reasons. Our approach is to not to offer a one-size fits all service but to see each client as an individual and work out an approach for them to overcome their own personal barriers.” 

Councillor Ben Stokes, chairman of South Gloucestershire Council’s children, adults and health committee, said: “Homelessness can have so many devastating effects on individuals and families. 

“By stepping in and offering crucial support before people lose their home, we can help to avoid the long term consequences of homelessness.”