IMPACT THEME: Housing & Homelessness; Health, Wellbeing & Social Care; Poverty & Disadvantage; Rehabilitation & Criminal Justice
WHAT THEY DO: DHI helps those who are excluded from society, and those at risk, to turn their lives around. Through practical and emotional support, they help clients overcome barriers and behaviours that isolate them so they can establish connections and become part of their communities. They provide support around issues such as housing, debt, income, employment and substance misuse.
PARTNERSHIP DATE: 2021
FUND PARTNERSHIP: National Homelessness Property Fund 2 (NHPF2)
PURPOSE OF PARTNERSHIP: To tackle the housing crisis and reduce levels of homelessness in Bristol, by purchasing and refurbishing homes for DHI’s tenants, with their track record of housing 400 people every year. DHI staff work with tenants to improve their financial situation, health and wellbeing so they are ready to move into fully independent housing.
ABOUT: DHI’s vision is to end social exclusion by ensuring that everyone has their basic needs met and are able to thrive by contributing to the richness and wellbeing of their community. Since 1996, DHI have set up supported homes for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. They offer a range of specialist services in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, Wiltshire, South Gloucestershire and Somerset, including housing support and advice, and ‘Reach Out’ events for families and carers of people using drugs and alcohol. They opened their first social enterprise lettings agency in 2012.
PURPOSE OF PARTNERSHIP: By partnering with the National Homelessness Property Fund 2, DHI is able to provide homes to the growing need for decent and affordable homes in Bristol for people facing housing crisis. DHI’s Bristol Independent Living Service (BILS) gives people who have been homeless the chance to regain their independence in a safe, supportive environment for up to two years, with great access to local amenities and support from DHI staff. DHI staff work with tenants to improve their financial situation, health and wellbeing so they are ready to move into fully independent housing.
The National Homelessness Property Fund 2:
Cliff is one of the tenants housed and supported by DHI in Bristol.
“The last premises I lived in was a private rental home and unfortunately there was a serious issue with the plumbing and sewers and so I had to leave. I had just come out of hospital and was at my wit’s end and didn’t know what to do. St Mungo’s found me this place which was an absolute godsend.
“They say you need three things in life: food, water a roof over your head. And if you don’t have a roof over your head, your ability to mentally navigate life is gone.
“I see people sleeping on the streets and I feel for them. Without this place I think I’d be in the graveyard across the street. It was a really dark time for me, but this place has given me my life back.”
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