Behind Closed Doors - Day 1: Foundation Housing

Foundation Team

7:02am 16th September 2013
(Updated 10:31am 23rd September 2013)

 

Last year 384 people sought help from Craven District Council with housing needs - a number which is continually rising.

Homelessness and vulnerability is not a problem most people think is present in such an affluent area, however housing charity Foundation is finding more and more people are in need of help to get their lives back on track.

All this week on Stray FM, we are taking a look at some of the lesser-known issues of Harrogate and Craven, speaking to the charities working hard to help vulnerable people in North Yorkshire.

Foundation has offices in Craven and Harrogate and works alongside many other agencies to help socially excluded people with housing needs.

In Craven, the charity has a number of schemes, including the Young Person's Pathway, Making Safe which helps victims of domestic abuse, Homeless Prevention, Resettlement which reintegrates ex-offenders, and a mental health scheme.

It seems recent benefit reforms have caused many problems for people in Craven.

Kayley Ciesla is the Senior Housing Support Worker at the charity.

She said: "The welfare benefits are definitely having an impact.

"The reform has meant tighter restrictions and regulations which mean many people are being sanctioned and people are entitled to less money.

"Another big impact is the bedroom tax as they are in properties which they can no longer afford. They have to look for alternative accommodation which there is a lot of competition and demand for."

18-year-old Luke is living in supported housing in Skipton thanks to Foundation.luke - foundation

He was kicked out of his home after an argument with his step dad.

Before then, he was working full-time as a care assistant and was engaged to his girlfriend.

After his employer found out about a conviction from two years earlier, he was let go.

That led to a two-day spiral where he broke up with his girlfriend, he lost his family and his home.

Fighting the prospect of homelessness, he was placed in a hostel in Shipley before being pointed in the direction of Foundation in Skipton.

Now he's looking forward to going to college and is leading an independent life.

Hear from Luke in our special report:

 
There is more information about Foundation here.

Right: Luke talks about how Foundation helped him get on track

Above: The Foundation Housing Team, Craven

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