Helping people off the streets and into decent and affordable accommodation is the focus of much of our work.
Our Private Rent & Support (PRS) service helps clients, with have no statutory rights to social housing, access accommodation in the private rented sector in Exeter and surrounding areas. This PRS service provides a comprehensive end-to-end service to support clients with every element of selecting, moving in, setting up and maintaining a home. For the client, practical support following move-in is extensive and includes setting up benefit claims, utility accounts and accessing necessities. In addition, ongoing support to develop budgeting , domestic and personal healthcare or access to work or training opportunities. At all times the support provided is client-led, personalised and flexible.
To-date this service has accommodated 198 individuals since April 2011 and has a 91% success rate of tenancies of over 6 months. The number of new tenancies created by the service has increased by 54% over the past 12 months; a new tenancy was created on average every 9 days throughout 2017/18.
Our new Emergency Housing project, which opened in August 2017, provides fast access to emergency accommodation for clients with low to medium support needs. The project aims to provide a period of stability and trial tenancy for clients while the PRS team secures suitable long-term accommodation. So far, 8 clients have moved on into private rented accommodation.
Having been awarded a 2 year contract, from Exeter City Council, St Petrock’s now delivers a Rapid Response service, which aims to offer a fast and co-ordinated response to help provide new rough sleepers and people at risk of homelessness, settled and sustainable accommodation; reducing the time spent in emergency accommodation.
St Petrock’s Resettlement project opened to tenants in January 2018, providing a total of 11 bed-spaces for people with low-medium support needs via comfortably furnished shared flats. These 5 flats have also proved to be a valuable move-on option for clients in our emergency house; operating alongside out PRS project, they have become an important, accessible resource to offer as an alternative to private rented accommodation elsewhere.