Merthyr and The Valleys Mind Project Recognised in Welsh Government Report

Step-By-Step project commended by Welsh Government

 

Step-By-Step supports people with homelessness prevention

Our Step-By-Step project, which focuses on homelessness prevention in Rhondda Cynon Taf, has been featured in a new Welsh Government report ‘Life on the Streets: preventing and tackling rough sleeping in Wales‘.

Step-By-Step is funded by Oak Foundation and works holistically with people faced with homelessness, supporting them with their housing issues, their mental health and their access to vocational activities such as learning, training, volunteering and employment.

In the last year, our Step-By-Step project has made a big impact in Rhondda Cynon Taf, achieving the following outcomes:

  • 112 people supported with access to housing, health and vocational opportunities;
  • 79 people moved into a home of their own;
  • 49 people accessed housing in the private rented sector;
  • 18 people secured employment.

The Welsh Government report, which was released this month, recognises Step-By-Step as a ‘commendable’ example of a project that works in partnership with services to prevent homelessness and reduce the barriers that some people experience within the private rented sector:

“We heard about the significant practical and financial barriers that homeless households, including rough sleepers, face in accessing private rented accommodation. These barriers, combined with the apparent reluctance of some landlords to house individuals not traditionally living in, or necessarily thought suited to, private rented accommodation, make it a challenge for rough sleepers to secure tenancies in the PRS. We believe that stronger working relationships with the PRS are key to tackling some of these issues, not least to overcome any preconceptions about the homeless community, in particular rough sleepers.

Although not specifically targeted at rough sleepers, we believe that the Step-by-Step project in Rhondda Cynon Taff is a commendable example of this.” ‘Life on the Streets: preventing and tackling rough sleeping in Wales

Merthyr and The Valleys Mind Director, Julian John, comments:

“We are delighted that our Step-By-Step project has been recognised by Welsh Government as a model of good practice in preventing homelessness. Our approach to delivering services is holistic, based on the individual need of every person we work with. Step-By-Step looks at the wider implications of why someone may be faced with homelessness, and works alongside them to address those issues through a range of tailored support and collaborating with key services and landlords.” 

For further information about our Step-By-Step project, please visit our Step-By-Step web page or contact us on 01792 707480 or email info@matvmind.org.uk