The demand for new homes is certainly there! In 2022/3 we were at 92% occupancy, with gaps only when the team were redecorating and processing referrals. We had 85 referrals in 2023 up from 36 the previous year. Companions moving into paid work can get stuck, unable to find a private rental tenancy.
“We offer more than just a bed for the night. When someone joins our Emmaus Bristol community, they work full-time in our shops to gain new skills and build up their CV, and receive daily support, mentoring and training so they can rebuild their life. There is no time limit on the support we provide, and people can stay with us for as long as they need, whether that is a few months or years.”
“The aim of our rooftop development (and our existing move on homes) is to give people the option to live independently when they are ready to, but still keep them connected to Emmaus Bristol and the support we can provide.”
“Some of the people we support eventually and understandably want their own home and their own independence, but then struggle to find affordable rented homes to move into or meet significant barriers to private rented accommodation such as cost, competition, credit ratings and references.” Jessica Hodge, Chief Executive.
A new community house
With Shaftesbury House full almost all of the time, and increasing demand from people wanted to become an Emmaus Bristol companion, we also need to open a new community house.
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