As part of our housing service, we have priority access to rooms at a YMCA hostel in London, which provides warm, comfortable, private accommodation. Borderline clients are also offered specialist support services aimed at improving employability through education, training and employment, as well as independent living skills such as cooking and budgeting.
When our client first arrives at the YMCA, they receive a 3-month accommodation license. This period allows for an assessment of each person’s needs, to start equipping them with independent life skills, and to help the individual to engage with relevant services in relation to their health needs, addiction issues and training and employment support services.
After the first 3 months, providing the client has fully engaged with services, the license is extended for a further 9 months. The client continues to receive support from their Support Worker to engage in further education, employment and/or training where appropriate and is encouraged to develop independent living skills such as cooking and budgeting.
By this time our client should be established in education/ employment and/or training and engaging with services. The accommodation license is reviewed and extended for move on into the Stage 3 accommodation where cooking facilities are available within the rooms.
After 6 months in Stage 3 and provided that our client is still engaging with support and established in some form of education, employment and/or training, they will transfer into Stage 4 accommodation. This is the final stage of the hostel accommodation and programme.
At this stage our clients, if they are in full time employment, are moved into one of the YMCA mYPads, a self-contained studio apartment with a low rate of rent, that allows the client to save for a deposit to secure their own privately rented accommodation. If our client remains unemployed, then housing is offered in one of the YMCA’s shared houses with 3-5 other residents. By this stage, whether living in one of the mYPads or shared houses, our clients have developed strong independent living skills, sustained employment or further education and are ready to moving onto independent living.
Each room can serve as a starter home for 18 months and our rooms have the potential to help 12 Scots a year, at a cost of £665 per person. The annual total of £7,980 for this project ensures Borderline clients have a roof over their head while they get their lives back on track.