Homeless service celebrates first six months helping people

July 13th, 2016 in Home Group News

A multi-million pound project aimed at tackling homelessness has celebrated its first six months helping people off the streets.


Clare House in Huddersfield opened just before Christmas and in that time has helped 87 people who were homeless or sleeping rough on the streets of the town.

The £2.2m project was built by housing provider Home Group, the UK’s largest care and support provider. Home Group runs the service with funding from Kirklees Council.

The development was built in the Clare Hill area and offers accommodation to 20 people at any one time. Since it opened it has provided accommodation to 38 people and provided help to a further 49 rough sleepers get off the streets.

Staff and residents of Clare House held an open day for specially invited guests to see how the service has helped to improve people’s lives.

Rachael Byrne, Home Group executive director of care and support, said: “This service is doing a great job helping people who have found themselves homeless through no fault of their own.

“I’ve met with residents today who came to the service at a vulnerable time in their lives, received the support they needed and are now thriving living independently in their own private tenancies.

“Homelessness really can affect anyone and Kirklees Council should be congratulated for identifying the need for this service and the part it can play in helping people rebuild their lives.”

Councillor Naheed Mather, cabinet member for housing said: “The council is delighted with the Clare House development, the facility will help lots of people take the first step off the streets, allowing them to get the help they need.

“Homeless people often want to get off the streets but without an address it is difficult to access the support they need to do that.  Facilities like this not only provide them with a safe place to sleep but also help them to take that first step to rebuilding their lives.”

Clare House is made up of 20 individual bedrooms each with their own en-suite bathroom. Groups of four bedrooms each share communal living areas such as kitchens and a living room.

Mrs Byrne added: “The set up allows residents to have a private place of their own but also to benefit from communal living and to share experiences and support with people in similar circumstances.”

Apart from providing accommodation for homeless people staff at the service also run a rough sleeper referral service. This involves teams of at least two staff members approaching rough sleepers in the town and trying to engage with them to help them access accommodation.