Men's Sector provides supported housing for 61 single homeless men. In addition to being homeless the men have support needs that may include an offending background, problems with alcohol and/or drugs, or a background of rough sleeping.
Aims and objectives
The provision of high quality, sage and secure housing by:
- Offering good quality, furnished accommodation in a variety of settings.
- Providing a responsive maintenance service
- Continually making improvements to our housing stock.
The provision of a high quality support service within Supporting
- People’s Resettlement Tier 1 services by:
- Promoting independent living skills for men aged 16+ who have multiple support needs and addressing the difficulties that relate to being homeless
- Providing links to educational, financial and social skills support
- Providing advice and support to obtain long term independent accommodation and assistance to move on.
The sector provides a variety of accommodation that encompasses Garforth House - a hostel in Holbeck and a variety of either shared houses or single tenancies in the Beeston, Holbeck, Armley and Woodhouse areas of Leeds.
Garforth house: Garforth House has accommodation for 15 men in individual, single rooms. The communal facilities include TV lounges, an IT training room, dining room, 5 bathrooms, snooker room, clients kitchen and a laundry. Clients are expected to keep their individual rooms clean and tidy whilst the communal areas are serviced by an on-site housekeeper. The hostel has an extensive fenced garden, CCTV and has the offices for the Men’s Sector staff leam on site.
Shared Accommodation: Facilities in the shared houses vary depending upon the size of the property. All the houses have individual bedrooms and shared living accommodation such as lounges, kitchens and bathrooms that the clients are expected to have a collective responsibility to keep clean. The larger shared properties have hand washbasins in the bedrooms and in some instances a small fridge. In shared houses the weekly rent charges includes all services such as electricity, gas, water, community charge and TC licence fee.
Single Tenancies: This accommodation is fully furnished but the weekly rental charge does not include utility charges, community charge or a TV and its licence.
Conditions of Occupancy
Residents in Garforth house are given a licence agreement whilst all tenants in both shared and single tenancies are given an assured shorthold tenancy agreement. In each case we aim to provide 6 months of support with the aim of helping clients access more permanent move on accommodation at the end of that time.
All clients are allocated a key worker who co-ordinates mutually agreed individual Support Plan. The Key worker meets regularly with tenants on an individual basis and makes referrals to other agencies such as health, counselling, psychiatric, detox and advocacy services where needed. This is done to ensure that a full package of individually planned care and support is available to each tenant / licensee. In order to ensure equality of services to all, interpreters are provided for individuals for whom English is not their first language. Some organisation written information has been translated into the Farsi, Kurdish, Arabic, French and Portuguese languages.
Referrals are accepted from voluntary, statutory and private organisation as well as from individuals themselves, however priority will be given to referrals from the Emergency Tier of Supporting People services. The sector accepts referrals from men who are over the age of 16 have a reasonably high degree of mobility and do not require 24 hours care.
Details of a person’s background leading up to their current circumstances and support issues are recorded at the referral stage. Sector staff carry out a comprehensive risk assessment and is it is agreed between the worker and the prospective tenants that accommodation in the Men’s sector is appropriate, the tenants will initially move into Garforth house. In some circumstances following the initial referral it may be necessary to obtain further information and/or arrange a face-to-face interview.
Staff and Management
The service is staffed by a Scheme Manager, 5 Housing Support Workers and a Housekeeper. The team is based at Garforth house hostel. The Scheme Manager reports directly to a Senior Manager who is based at the Organisation’s Central office and has overall responsibility for the management of the service, it’s development and ensuring the service meets it’s aims and objectives.
Where a referral request has been refused and the applicant or their referrer is not satisfied with the reasons given, they have the right to appeal the decision. Appeals should be made within 10 working days of receipt of the written decision using the accompanying appeals form. Once received an appeals meeting will be arranged within 5 working days chaired by a Service Manager at which the applicant and their referrer have the opportunity to state why they disagreed with the decision. An appeal decision will then be made within 3 working days.
Postal Address: Garforth house, 118 Domestic Street, Leeds LS11 9SG
Telephone: 0113 244 0910
Out of hours: 07967673564
Fax: 0113 244 2537
Scheme Manager: Alethia Grierson
Senior Manager: Sharon Brown