The Nehemiah Project London - Supported Housing
We work with vulnerable men with a history of addiction, giving them a safe home where they address their addiction and past behaviour, supported by experienced keyworkers, while they change their lives and choose new life ambitions - to work and live independently, reunited with their families.
January 2017 - April 2017
The Nehemiah Project
The men we work with are often the most disadvantaged in society with high social-environmental risk factors such as low incomes, single-parent families, domestic violence, parents with addictive and criminal behaviours, learning difficulties and mental health issues. Their addiction develops as a means of escape, and then becomes its own trap. There is little sustained help available for our men to address their problems in an effective manner, getting to the heart of why they needed an escape
The Supported Housing Programme gives our Residents the opportunity to address their addiction and past behaviour in a supportive and safe environment.
The initial 12 week programme includes process groups, educational sessions and family work, teaching the men to become independent and self-sufficient. This is followed by the opportunity to spend up to a year in one of our move-on houses in Clapham, where they seek work, training and independent housing, whilst maintaining their recovery.
Provide a structured third stage recovery programme
Activities» !2-week residential programme which addresses the root causes of addiction, and supports change in past behaviours, while teaching men life-skills
» Up to 21 months living at one of our move-on houses in Clapham for men who complete the 12-week programme, seeking work, training and accommodation.
Success will be... 75% occupancy of the houses over the course of the year, with 80% of residents testing drug- and alcohol-free twice-weekly
An increase in the abstinence rates of our clients - currently 63%, evidenced by weekly test data.
Reduction in re-offending rates, demonstrated through long term recidivism data
Men re-united with their children and family and given support to develop their parenting skills
Men securing stable accommodation through support from staff as they leave the programme, demonstrated through follow up data
Men securing employment and entering education and training, demonstrated through follow up data
Each resident has a comprehensive risk assessment before being admitted to the programme, and key workers and Programme Manager monitor community development on a daily basis.
Via quarterly newsletters, an Annual Report, and periodic specific reports as requested by individual funders. We invite donors to visit us personally; to monthly lunches at our house in Streatham; and to thrice-yearly Graduations, where we celebrate our Residents' success in first stage.
Budget - Project Cost: £395,363Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £84,868 House costs Supported Housing Costs incl water, electricity, insurance, repairs, materials etc £236,329 Support Staff costs Salaries for 4 full time Support Workers, one part-time support, training £74,166 Overheads Core costs incl office costs, central management, admin support
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount The City Bridge Trust £25,000 Guaranteed The Tudor Trust £36,000 Guaranteed
Supported Housing Programme is run at our large, beautiful house in Streatham on the edge of Tooting Common. Space for 8 men in a really high quality environment - giving the best quality living to men who have come from the 'worst' backgrounds and circumstances.
Move-On Community House is run at our second house in Clapham, currently with space for 5 residents, but we have plans to expand this to capacity for 7 in the coming year.
Ex-offenders, particularly those leaving our course inside HMP Wandsworth
Men leaving drug and alcohol rehab / detox programmes
Families and children of our residents
The wider community, through crime and drug use being reduced and men flourishing in employment and new lives in the local community
We are independent of statutory funding and so are able to select Residents according to our own criteria, the most important being the will to change his life. Men can stay with us as long as they need, they are not bound to move on because of a target set by an external agency. All our staff believe that our men have the ability to achieve their potential, and that is the opportunity we give to our Residents.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Adrienne is the Supported Housing Manager, who leads the team supporting our Residents. She sets the example of belief that all our men can succeed
Carmen runs the 12-week recovery programme, guiding and supporting the men through a challenging and emotional process to a new way of thinking
Will pay for a man to take A New Future, our recovery programme, and the chance of a new life
I wasn’t aware of the people I was hurting. I didn’t think twice about getting what I wanted – I was just going through a lifestyle of crime, drugs, prison and broken relationships. I went to TNP because I was tired of being sick and tired, of wasting my life, causing victims. Recovery gave me hope