Scheme to support vulnerable people to be extended

Tuesday, 17th March 2015

A PILOT project which provides housing support to Tamworth residents being discharged from hospital is to be extended.

The Hospital To Home scheme has been running as a pilot project since last April. It aims to prevent people having to stay in hospital longer than necessary because of housing issues, and supports them after discharge to allow them to live in their own homes.

The project is due to end this month, but will now be widened to provide more support to vulnerable households.

At Thursday’s Cabinet meeting, members agreed to is £30,000 Homelessness Prevention funding and £15,000 from the Housing Revenue Account to extend the project for a further year.

The decision to extend the project comes in the wake of the withdrawal of Supporting People funding by Staffordshire County Council last year, which has resulted in a reduction in important services to support households with complex needs.

The project will now be developed as a comprehensive crisis intervention and support service for people with complex needs, including homelessness, mental health issues, physical illness, social isolation, learning disabilities and substance misuse.

It is hoped that by working closely with residents with complex needs to provide help and support, they will be able to maintain an independent and healthy lifestyle, reduce the risk of homelessness and improve health across the borough.

Tamworth Borough Council is now asking suitable organisations to tender to run the service.

Cllr Michelle Thurgood, Cabinet member for Housing & Waste Management, said: “It is vital that we protect the most vulnerable members of society and the extension of this project is an essential step in helping us to do that.