The Group lends a helping hand to homeless families on the Isle of Wight
We have been awarded a contract from the Isle of Wight local council to give homeless families a safe place to stay and support to help them overcome their challenges.
The lives of families that find themselves homeless are often complex; helping them needs patience and dedication.
Having a roof over your head is the most important step to being able to find work, open a bank account and raise a family.
Right now, when so many communities are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever that we do what we can to help the families that are already struggling with hardship.
Anabel Palmer, Director of Southern 360 at Southern Housing Group, said: “The Southern 360 team has the experience, expertise and, importantly, the commitment to help the Isle of Wight’s homeless.
“The lives of families that find themselves homeless are often complex; helping them needs patience and dedication.
“As a social landlord, we know first-hand the importance of having safe, secure and affordable housing. Having a roof over your head is the most important step to being able to find work, open a bank account and raise a family.
“Right now, when so many communities are affected by the COVID -19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever that we do what we can to help the families that are already struggling with hardship.”
What does this new service have to offer?
Aside from providing families with their own bathroom and toilet, our new service aims to ensure children have their own bedrooms and a quiet place to do homework.
Many homeless families find themselves having to use shared toilets and bathrooms in guesthouses, bed and breakfasts or hostels, which lots of local authorities are still obliged use due to a lack of suitable housing.
The Group will provide a range of properties, either studio flats or one- or two-bedroom homes.
The accommodation will be offered to the Isle of Wight’s homeless families according to family size as part of a package of help and support.
Families will have access to local shops, schools and GP surgeries in their new homes.
Each family will be assisted by our Southern 360 team who will help them settle into their new community, which if possible, will be in an area they are already familiar with.
Rebecca, who is due to move into one of the properties with her husband and two children shortly, said: ‘I feel like I want to cry, as we are all ecstatic about being able to be move into this lovely house and for being given this opportunity. Having somewhere safe and comfortable to stay will make a huge difference to us.’
The Southern 360 team and the Isle of Wight Council will continue to work together to tackle and minimise the traumatic experience of homelessness on the Island.