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Full service delivery with adaptations to include face to face where safe to do so for the people we support, and use of telephone and video calling.
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As part of Bethany Christian Trusts Edinburgh Housing Support Service our Housing First team provides an evidence-based approach to successfully supporting homeless people with high needs and histories of entrenched or repeat homelessness to live in their own homes.
The overall philosophy of Housing First is to provide a stable, independent home and intensive personalised support and case management to homeless people with multiple and complex needs. Housing is seen as a human right by Housing First services. There are no conditions around ‘housing readiness’ before providing someone with a home; rather, secure housing is viewed as a stable platform from which other issues can be addressed. Housing First is a different model because it provides housing ‘first’, as a matter of right, rather than ‘last’ or as a reward.
Bethany’s Housing First team operates as part of The Edinburgh Housing First Consortium to provide flexible and creative support to fourteen vulnerable people across Edinburgh, who for a number of years have been unsuccessful in achieving a stable housing status, to identify and access suitable accommodation and live independently in their chosen community.
Who can apply to this service?
Referrals to the service are managed by the Consortium's lead agency Cyrenians and once assessed sent to the appropriate partner who will contact the person in need to start support.
Further details can be obtained by contacting our team on 0131 561 8930.