Transform Housing & Support joined a celebration event hosted by Kia Motors UK on Tuesday 20 October, to mark the purchase of a new home for homeless people in Elmbridge.
The project follows the merger of Thames Homeless Project (THP) with Walton Charity, which aimed to jointly fund the purchase of a house to accommodate local homeless people who do not qualify for help from local authorities. Funding to purchase and refurbish the house was provided by Walton Charity, THP, Elmbridge Borough Council and Kia Motors UK.
Transform Housing & Support will work with Walton Charity to run the new property, providing specialist support for each client. Our staff will work alongside the clients, giving them one-to-one support to help them address the issues they are facing. Transform staff will help each person to develop the skills and confidence to live independently in future.
Jackie Lodge, Chief Executive of Walton Charity said:
“This initiative shows the power of collaboration and working together. Charitable, statutory and corporate organisations have joined forces to establish a lasting solution to local housing needs. Walton Charity are delighted to be part of this initiative and thank all involved for their fantastic contribution.”
During the period January to March 2015, Transform operated a winter shelter for homeless people with a connection to Elmbridge, Runnymede or Spelthorne. During the course of its operation, the project in Hersham received 48 referrals – equivalent to one every two days. 28 people were accommodated in the scheme, with 11 of these coming from the Elmbridge area.
Paul Mitchell, Chief Executive of Transform Housing & Support said:
“Transform Housing & Support is delighted to be working with Walton Charity to support homeless people in Elmbridge. Last year’s winter shelter project showed there is a real need for more services to help local people who find themselves homeless. This new house will give people a stable base where they can rebuild their lives and get back on their feet.”