What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
Entrenched homelessness and people at risk of homelessness, living in overcrowded conditions are the pernicious root of many more social problems. Overcrowding can lead to mental health issues, children’s needs are neglected, they fail at school - sometimes there is literally no space to do homework.
There are usually no cooking facilities in B+Bs or hostel accommodation. The long term costs of homelessness are reflected in expanding costs, which society can no longer afford, across Government departments including the DCLG in financing the supported housing providers, the Home Office for Police costs, the Department of Health for the additional costs of the conditions suffered by homeless people including mental ill-health and depression, Local Government with increased social care and emergency intervention costs and the long term costs of NEETS who tend to come from families with unstable housing. Every Government department suffers expenses due to the problems faced by homeless people and in order to deal with long term homelessness, the root causes of multiple exclusion must be addressed.
The social problem of living in a broken society with a growing disparity between the haves and have nots is no longer condonable: certain human rights must be inviolable. Decent housing is one of them.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
Homelessness figures and/or people sleeping rough have increased 20% in the last year. As the cuts deepen, families are being pushed out of homes into unsustainable overcrowded B+B and hostel accommodation by Local Authorities who have limited housing stock available. Or worse.
The number of people officially classed as homeless in England has jumped by 14% – the biggest increase for nine years – as what charities have described as a "perfect storm" of rising repossession rates and unemployment drives thousands more families into temporary accommodation.
Across England, 48,510 households were accepted as homeless by local authorities in 2011, according to figures published by the Department for Communities and Local Government [ Guardian, March 2012]
The data shows 69,460 children or unborn children are in homeless households, with three-quarters of the households accepted as statutory homeless containing children.
What is your solution?
Under the new Localism Act, councils will be able to discharge homeless households into the private rented sector against their will by offering them temporary accommodation rather than finding them a settled home. The Kazuri model encourages people into affordable housing at the Local Housing Allowance rate, with a view to empowering them to take on training, employment and education. The only way to cut back the rising tide of homelessness is to equip people with the life-rafts of education and employment to enhance and improve their skills and abilities to manage life.
How will you deliver this?
Our advocates will work with people to find educational vocational and training courses to help increase their chances of employment and become self sustaining. We will also offer resilience and trauma counselling by way of a referral into many of the CVS groups that already exist and through our relationship with the Tavistock and Portman Trust, a specialist PCT.