Unleash the miracle that exists in every woman by providing her with a sustainable home

by Kazuri Properties

About the project


Tipping Point £2,060
Second Milestone £5,000
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

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.

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Tweet it! Support Kazuri to grow their Housing First model empowering vulnerable women and families at risk of homelessness with support and mentoring. Donate time, money, skills, ideas! http://twitter.com/kazurihomes
  • 5 minutes
    Check us out! Find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/KazuriProperties), Twitter (http://twitter.com/kazurihomes), Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/kazurilondon) and read our blog (http://kazurihomes.blogspot.co.uk). Sign our petition for change in the Criminal Justice System, asking The Minister of State, Kenneth Clarke MP to reassess the way women are treated in the criminal justice system: http://bit.ly/N4edHA
  • 15 minutes
    Download the research Kazuri commissioned through Kings College on the effects of trauma and the incidence of mental health disorders on women in the criminal justice system: http://bit.ly/NmhaBo Read it and send us your feedback.
  • 30 minutes
    Make a list of the 6 most important things in your life then imagine your life without a stable home. Could you function? Imagine for thirty minutes what life is like for half of the country’s rough sleepers who are found on London streets, which amounts to around 3,000 people over the course of a year (Source: Homeless Link). Londoners all around you who live this way, day in and day out with no prospect of housing, employment or community. Do you want to change it? Learn more about domestic violence and violence against women, check out the Women’s Resource Centre website for more information on women specific provision around housing, mental health, counselling and ending violence against women: http://www.wrc.org.uk/
  • A few hours
    Do you have a specialist interest in areas of rapid social change and are you interested in more than a financial return on your investment? Become a mentor to one of our families. Tweet, blog, “like” our Facebook page and help spread the word about what Kazuri is doing to change lives and transform our culture of inaction and entitlement to community action in real time and self sustainability.
  • Regular time commitment
    Come in for a chat about the work we are doing and learn how you can get involved more. Contribute informally to our Policy and Practise Think Tank, with a monthly tea on the last Thursday of the month, in Whitechapel to share your ideas for lasting social change. Or volunteer to become a mentor with one of our families and see how your direct connection with them can make a lasting change. Volunteer with Kazuri, helping us embed value, ethics and potential in a sector which has been over run by greed and central government’s desire to remove risk and responsibility to the private sector, without adequate safeguards or risk assessment

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

The Kazuri approach is founded on establishing a person centred approach to resolve entrenched problems of multiple exclusion which ultimately lead to homelessness, and to nurture a sense of shared purpose and selling that vision to sponsors, change makers, adapters. Kazuri is a broad concept which has evolved from the acute needs to provide housing to the most disenfranchised and vulnerable members of our society, and to support them in their tenancies with a bespoke provision of services, based on what the person needs. We provide a progressive step forward, into private rented sector properties.

Geographical coverage

Within a city/shire

Our track record

In 28 months we have delivered more than 50 sustained tenancies. There have been no known new convictions amongst people we have housed and several have gone into full time employment or started their own social enterprise. In London, the average re-offending rate is about 70%. As a result of as reduced re- offending and sustained tenancies we see and can measure lower benefits costs, people engaged in employment, education and training and human, social and community returns on investment, such as the thousands of hours of volunteering work in which our clients have engaged. We have agreements with local authorities to place challenging families on their housing list into the Private Rented sector, with bespoke, systemic interventions in place to empower these families to achieve self sustainable and confidence, as stakeholders, not simply beneficiaries. Kazuri has a partnership arrangement with the Safer London Foundation to provide support to vulnerable young people.

Who do we help?

Vulnerable women, heading homeless families, leaving DV shelters or gang violence, facing homelessness or already in temporary accommodation: the most disenfranchised in society who are sometimes called “troubled families” or “hardest to reach.” We love a challenge and believe that everyone is capable of change!

How do we deliver this?

We support people by deploying the successfully piloted Housing First model, which rapidly places people in safe, sustainable accommodation then underpins their confidence by bolting on services, according to their needs, as identified by them, in the order of priority they select. Each person or family is given a named advocate who can assist them in identifying training, employment / education and a local volunteering position, to which our tenants commit a minimum of five hours a week. We deliver this through a light touch bespoke intervention, managed by a care navigator (advocate) and a mentor in the community.

Awards And Recognitions

Shortlisted Best Specialist Provider, UK Housing Awards Chartered Institute of Housing, 2012 Property Ombudsman Social Firm