South Yorkshire Project
The South Yorkshire Project currently consists of 6 separate and very different projects in Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley. All projects provide accommodation for vulnerable adults and families who have either become homeless or have previously struggled to maintain a tenancy and require support to succeed.
In Sheffield, the South Yorkshire Project are working in partnership with IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Service) to provide emergency temporary accommodation to people fleeing domestic abuse. The service is aimed at supporting GBT+ (gay, bisexual, trans, and all minority sexual and gender identities), male victims of domestic abuse as well as single women who have multiple and complex needs and for whom Sheffield’s refuges would not be suitable. This Project is called Safe Zones.
Similar to Sheffield, in Rotherham, we are working with Rotherham Rise, a support service for adults and children who have been affected by domestic abuse, to provide emergency temporary accommodation for domestic abuse survivors. This project is called Safer Options Project.
In Doncaster we have partnered with Doncaster MBC to provide the Housing First initiative. Target will be providing dispersed single accommodation to clients within the complex lives cohort in Doncaster.
In Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley the South Yorkshire Project is now running an AST scheme in each locality. The scheme previously known as Link has been running in Rotherham for quite some time. Due to its success we have since set up similar projects in Doncaster and Barnsley which now all fall under the South Yorkshire Project. The aim of the AST projects is to support individuals, families and couples who are unable to get a general needs tenancy due to arrears, ASB, or other support needs. Our support workers will work closely with the tenant/s to address budgeting issues, previous arrears, neighbour complaints, substance misuse, health and wellbeing to name a few, and signpost for support in other areas. When the tenant is deemed ready they will be supported to move on into their own independent accommodation. This could be Housing Association, Local Authority or a private rented tenancy. Clients will have weekly contact with their designated support worker and have access to an Out of Hours support line for any emergency tenancy / repair issues. The service is not time limited however we expect most clients to move on within 2 years.