5 Steps to a Positive Future
What is a referral?
A referral is directing someone for a further appointment or action. In this case, if a referral is made and you are accepted for the next stage, you will then be booked in for a risk assessment.
Referrals can be made by yourself, local council or other external agencies by contacting one of our offices which are listed above.
Who we can accept:
- Single males or females between the ages 18-65
- Those who are at risk of being homeless/roofless
- In receipt of JSA, ESA, IS or DLA
- Those who require low level support needs such as help with benefits, emotional issues, low level mental health and substance misuse etc.
Who we cannot accept:
- Active sex workers or sex offenders
- Those with current drug or alcohol addictions
- To refer yourself or a client to Bridge-It Housing you must contact your local office.
If you are then accepted for a risk assessment you will be asked to come into one of our offices, whether it is your nearest office or the office in the area you hope to move into. Here you will be asked further questions about your situation and why you require accommodation with Bridge-it Housing.
Upon an initial telephone Assessment should you meet our criteria we will arrange a date and time for you to visit the office for an interview. The interview will last about 90mins. You are welcome to have a person of your own choice with you during the assessment if you wish. At the interview we will then make a full Risk Assessment of your needs to determine as to whether we can accept you into our service. This also gives you the chance to meet some of the team and make a decision as to whether you feel we will fulfil your support needs.
If we do not have immediate availability you will be placed on a waiting list.
After we have completed your risk assessment we will then let you know if you would be accepted into one of our properties. It is down to us and our support manager to make this decision. The support you will get once accepted. Following your Risk Assessment should we be unable to accept you we will explain our reasons and signpost you to the relevant providers
If you are accepted, we will then talk through the requirements that need to be met, our warning system, general rules and what you can expect from us. From here you will then be able to move in to one of our properties. There are various houses around the office area. Your assigned support worker will then take you to your accommodation all our properties are comfortably furnished with central heating and each bedroom has either a single or double bed with bedding provided, storage space by way of a wardrobe and/or drawers and all the bedrooms have their own lock.
The Living areas are shared and comprise of a Living Room, Kitchen and Bathroom with either a bath or shower and a toilet. All Living Rooms have a sofa and chairs, a table and television. All Kitchens have a cooker, fridge freezer and a washing machine. We also provide crockery, utensils and cooking pots and pans and a vacuum cleaner is supplied at all properties. We do not provide a service that includes bathing, cleaning, shopping, administering medication or other tasks generally referred to as “personal care”.
Do I Have To Pay Anything?
Your weekly rental is paid directly to us from Housing Benefit and we will help you fill out the application for this should you be offered a room.
There is a weekly Service Charge of £15.00 which covers electricity, gas, water & television license.
We aim to encourage clients to pay their service charge on the day of their benefit payment, this is part of our support to clients.
Meals are not provided by Bridge-It Housing UK and you are responsible for buying your own food and cooking your own meals.