Freedom Housing currently provides supported accommodation for 56 people across the 13 properties we manage (including our Therapeutic Community).
Stable, secure, decent homes
Everyone has a right to a stable, secure and decent home and we are not prepared to see vulnerable people homeless on the streets. Safe homes are a basic human right and when this need is met we find that people are free to build the skills needed to stand on their own and play their part in creating a vibrant community from which everyone benefits.
We’ve been working in North Devon for more than ten years now. Our work includes helping people with a history of homelessness, those who are vulnerable in their present accommodation and those who are in danger of losing their homes – or have already lost them – due to financial distress. We aim to provide access to affordable housing in a number of ways – through work with the local councils’ housing teams, local landlords, Freedom Housing and raising money to buy houses so that we can house and support vulnerable people. At present we have 56 beds to serve this purpose.
We know that finding yourself without a home is a frightening experience and something that can happen for a variety of reasons which none of us are immune to – losing a job, the breakdown of a key relationship or losing a tenancy can all lead to homelessness. Each person is different and we see the individual so we can respond to their needs in situations of homelessness or the need for affordable housing.
Help us do more!
If you are a landlord or property owner, consider partnering with us to provide more accommodation for those who need it. Properties are typically leased from their owners on 3 or 5 year contracts. We pay a guaranteed monthly rent and take care of all bills, maintenance and repairs. Please contact us for more information.
Make a one-time or regular financial gift to help us maintain our existing properties and make more places available for those who don’t yet enjoy the security of a decent home.
Making a difference with other agencies
Homelessness, or being at risk of homelessness, impacts physical, emotional and mental health. That’s why we have built our work around supporting people with other agencies using a holistic approach to navigate through difficult life challenges. Everyone matters to us.
Our multi-agency approach has many advantages. One of the most significant is that should any kind of problem occur, the individual concerned has access to the best possible range of information and advice so that it can be quickly resolved.
The Housing Hub is hosted at the Freedom Centre and brings together the North Devon Council Housing Team, Torridge Council, Sanctuary Housing, Encompass South West, Alabare, Police, Probation, Health, Adult Social Care, and ourselves. This integrated approach best supports the individual’s needs and helps providers make decisions about accommodation placements with informed multi-agency input.
We work with people to identify, secure and sustain appropriate accommodation. This may be in the private rented sector, through supported housing, neighbourhood housing services or simply finding affordable accommodation that meets their needs.
We provide pre- and post-tenancy support and will ensure the accommodation is affordable and suitable for each individual. If needed we can assist in making funding applications for RIA (Rent in Advance) and deposits and work with local landlords to house vulnerable people by leasing their properties through Freedom Housing.
Whether someone is housed in Freedom Housing or in privately rented accommodation, we help and encourage them to reintegrate and positively contribute to their local community – something that is good for all of us – with employment experience and , skills building and a tailored plan to help them stand on their own.