Project information

Homes for Life for Adults with Mental Illness

Provide quality, safe and affordable housing. Identify homes for vulnerable adults with severe and enduring mental illness in their desired areas, close to support networks and public transport in safe and secure communities. Make a success of placements by providing tenancy related support, offerin

December 2017 - August 2018

Charity information: Fortunatus Housing Solutions

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  • Need

    Need

    One in four adults will suffer from a diagnosed mental illness at some point in their lives. Mental illness is a leading cause of suffering, economic loss and social problems in the UK and there are reports highlighting clear links between mental health and homelessness- it being both a cause and consequence of the loss of accommodation. With social housing waiting lists exceeding 1.18 million, quality housing is becoming harder to secure.

    Solution

    Mindful Housing will work alongside local mental health teams to provide bespoke housing solutions to vulnerable adults suffering with mental illness, helping them to live successfully in their communities. We don’t have a stock of empty homes waiting to be filled so each referral for housing received will be assessed individually, and working in partnership with other professionals we will source suitable properties in areas the individuals will want to live in.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To make a house a Home

    Activities

    » By providing a house with all furnishings and delivering tenancy related support in the home weekly

    Success will be to grow by one new property and one new Service User each month.


    Aim 2

    Make all tenancies a success

    Activities

    » By helping people to engage effectively with their local communities, helping them to see that their house is their home.
    » Complete reactive as well as proactive maintenance jobs.

    Success will be demonstrated by keeping track of the total number of people living with us and accurately recording all maintenance jobs


    Aim 3

    To encourage independence

    Activities

    » Help to set up bills and encourage people with household budgeting skills.

    Success will be measured by conducting regular tenant satisfaction questionnaires and by recording the number of completed Housing Support visits monthly.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Long term, our mental health charity would like to be a sector leader in providing supported accommodation to vulnerable adults with severe and enduring mental illness. We would like to encourage people who had previously failed in regular social housing to find happiness and confidence in knowing they have a safe home of their own with support 24 hours a day.

    Risk

    Lack of suitable properties is a risk.
    There have been changes in the private rented sector meaning the number of affordable properties available to rent has dropped significantly. If we can't secure good quality affordable housing in the first place we would not be able to reduce our waiting list bu one person each month as planned

    Reporting

    Donors can be reassured that due to our excellent local reputation we have great working relationships with private landlords and letting agents, often finding that they approach us because of the great work we do. Our Property Manager is well respected in her field and works tirelessly to succeed.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,883

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,883 Unfunded Supported Element Care, Support and Supervision
  • Background

    Location

    Our head office is based in Warrington and we work across the North West of England.. Warrington and Halton being our largest areas but we also house people in St. Helens, Wigan, Bolton, West Lancs and Fylde.

    Beneficiaries

    Adults with severe and enduring mental illness, open to mental health services long term with an ongoing need to live in the community but with support.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our Managing Director was a Housing Benefit Manager for a local Authority with 25 years experience of working with the benefits and social housing sector. We currently successfully house 160 people across the North west of England and we have an excellent reputation locally within mental health services at specialising in helping those who cannot easily help themselves.

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    People

    Catherine Nicholson

    Managing Director

    Rachel Blair

    Property and Lettings Manager

    Stephen Sweeney

    Housing Support Manager

    Sara Pimblett

    Business Development and Fundraising Manager