Key facts

 

​We provide support to any adult that is without a permanent home or at risk of losing their home through a wide range of services and partnerships, which focus on their own individual needs. Below are some key facts and information on how we have helped people in Southend in the year ending March 2017.

In 2016/17...

1,104

We helped 1,104 people

People we helped last year included HARP residents and people who visited our day centre, who might have been sleeping rough, staying on a friend's floor, sleeping in a squat or felt that they are at risk of becoming homeless.

 

Our Bradbury Day Centre gives an opportunity for people to talk about their situation and how we can help. Local people who are homeless can use the facilities at our Bradbury Day Centre, which include a cooked breakfast, lunch, showers and washing machines, all the while our compassionate team members are on hand for professional advice and support.

Learn more: What we do

24%
24%

We have thirty units of accommodation that provide shelter and support to people under the age of 25. We aim to help young people overcome challenges that might be related to their homelessness and we support them as they look for employment and a place of their own.

Learn more: Who we help - young people

24% were young people

This year, we are opening our new women’s hostel White Heather House, which will provide shelter and a safe space for women to recover from their time on the streets as they take steps towards a new life away from homelessness.

Learn more: Who we help - women

24% were female

At HARP, we are working hard to End Rough Sleeping in Southend. We support rough sleepers by providing them with food and washing facilities, as well as help and advice with any underlying issues related to their homelessness situation so that they have the best chance possible of moving forward to a positive, healthier lifestyle. However, rough sleeping is just the tip of the iceberg, the vast majority of people that we see each year have experienced homelessness in different ways. 

 

Learn more: More than rough sleeping

11% had been rough sleeping

11%
36%

36% were at risk of becoming homeless

52%

52% had ‘No Fixed Abode’

‘No Fixed Abode’ means that someone does not have a permanent place to call home. Often referred to as hidden homelessness, this could mean that they are staying on a friend or family member’s sofa or maybe a night or two on the streets.

Learn more: More than rough sleeping

We support people that are at risk of homelessness by signposting them to the support that they need, whilst providing useful information to help ease their situation and helping them to contact  their landlord to resolve any issues.

If you feel you are at risk of becoming homeless you can visit our Bradbury Day Centre or get help online.

57%
63%

57% reported having experienced mental health issues

At HARP, we encourage local homeless people to register with a GP and we also work with a number of local agencies (some are listed in our get help online page) to help them get the support and help that they need to overcome any issues, including poor mental health.

We also encourage our residents and service users to take part in meaningful activities, which gives people purpose and helps them to stay active, leading to improved self-esteem and confidence.

Learn more: Who we help - complex needs

63% had experienced issues with drugs and alcohol

Some homeless people, though not all, do have issues with drugs and alcohol. We work hard with local homeless people to give them the best possible chance of overcoming these issues.

We work with our partner agencies in Southend, who specialise in areas like mental health and addiction, to help people with drug and/or alcohol dependency. 

 

Learn more: Who we help - complex needs

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