As a housing association Curo is best known for as a social landlord, letting around 12,000 affordable homes at low-cost rents across the South West. You might not know that Curo also provides over 130 properties for people facing homelessness. These range from self-contained studios for young people to apartments and family homes. Alongside providing a safe and stable place to stay, this accommodation includes specialist support to help people get back on their feet.
People come to us when they are often in a desperate situation. When they do, we’re here to provide not just shelter, but the support to get their lives back on track, to live independently and to succeed in life.
Curo’s homelessness support starts at the beginning, with a mediation service called Time to Talk that’s designed to prevent young people who are having a tough time at home from becoming homeless.
Time to Talk is the start of our pathway for any young person in B&NES at risk of homelessness. We work with young people and their parents or carers to help them either stay in the family home or move successfully to one of our supported housing projects. At the same time we work together at rebuilding their relationships with the family and, sometimes, return to the family home.
In Bath Curo provides supported accommodation at main three locations across the city, and in Weston-Super-Mare we provide supported housing for adults with a mental health diagnosis and for people aged 16+ who have been at risk of becoming homeless.
Our Pathways project in Bath provides supported accommodation for up to two years for young people aged 16-21 facing homelessness. Last year 13 people moved on to independent accommodation from Pathways; people who would otherwise have been homeless.
At Curo’s direct access homeless service, 17 studios and apartments are available for families and single people who face homelessness.
Curo’s direct access homeless service is for people assessed under housing regulations as homeless. The local authority has a duty to provide temporary accommodation and families can access the service through them. In the last year 61 single people and families were prevented from becoming street-homeless through this service.
The Bath Foyer offers more independent living for young people with low-level support for up to two years. The Foyer’s self-contained flats give young people the space to develop their independent living skills in a supported environment with opportunities to get involved in activities such as a regular Job Club with Curo’s Working Well team. People can access this service by being referred, for example by a social or health professional, or individuals can contact the service directly.
Working Well offers additional support to people across B&NES, helping to build confidence, independence and life skills. The focus is on supporting people into training, education, employment, volunteering and work placements. Alongside all this support, Curo offers specialist housing for people with learning difficulties, for teenage parents and for people fleeing domestic abuse.
- In the past year Curo has prevented 221 people and families from becoming homeless through these services.
- Curo’s homelessness projects provide 139 units of temporary accommodation, from studios to flats and family homes.
- 72 people were supported to move on to settled accommodation.
- 31 young people going through difficulties at home have achieved positive outcomes through Curo mediation.
- Our homelessness support services are calculated to be worth £2.9m in social value.