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Hosford 

 
 
About Us 
 
Hosford is the homeless project of East Belfast Mission based in the Skainos Centre on the Lower Newtownards Road in East Belfast and for over 20 years Hosford has provided services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. 
Hosford provides 26 rooms/apartments for people who have lost their home. The Tenancy Support Service is available for people who have their own home to help them maintain their independence and avoid homelessness. This work is about preventing homelessness and its associated suffering. Hosford provides one-to-one support individually tailored to the needs of Hosford residents and also people within the local community. 
 
Hosford runs many projects providing people with opportunities to learn new skills, meet people, regain lost confidence and to break out of homelessness and maintain independence. These groups include; NI Street League (a football project), history group, Going Green (gardening and environmental group), art group, literacy classes, book club, Root Soup (cooking/catering project), cinema club and a fishing club. 
 
The work at Hosford is fundamentally about saving lives through the provision of accommodation and the prevention of homelessness. They support individuals to make positive changes in their lives, overcome the traumas they have experienced and help them to build a better future. 
 
 

Hostel Accomodation 

Hosford provides 26 rooms/apartments for people who are homeless. The facilities are located in the Skainos Centre on Lower Newtownards Road in a “state of the art” unit which was opened in October 2012 offering some of the best temporary accommodation in Northern Ireland. The project is funded by Supporting People and jointly managed with Oaklee-Trinity Housing. 
 
There are three types of accommodation within the facilities. On the ground floor there are 12 basic rooms with en suite. Residents on this floor use a communal kitchen and dining room. Upstairs there are 10 apartments. Each one has a kitchen and dining area, bedroom, and bathroom with bath. Hosford provides four ‘move on’ apartments which are located in a different building but still within the Skainos facilities. This model of accommodation allows a stepping stone approach to attaining independence. 
 
Each resident has a Support Worker who helps them to find their own home and deal with the issues they face. When a person does move out they have support from a Tenancy Support Worker for up to two years. On site there are many services which our clients can avail of: Stepping Stone (employability service), Community Outreach that offers counselling, women’s groups, walking groups, Irish classes and much more, Age NI, NIAMH (mental health service), EBM congregation and church and volunteer opportunities in various projects. 
 
 
TENANCY SUPPORT 
 
Hosford Tenancy Support workers provide practical and emotional support to people who are living independently but encountering problems. They aim to enable people to live independently through developing their skills and their ability to deal with problems. The service is about preventing homelessness by intervening in its causes. 
 
The support available includes: 
 
Housing advice and assistance 
Benefits advice and assistance 
Advice about debt and budgeting 
Dealing with addictions 
Assistance with integrating into the community 
Guidance in dealing with disputes with neighbours or others 
Accessing counselling and health services 
Advice and assistance in regards to education, training and employment 
Guidance with practical issues in the home 
Tenancy Support Workers are available to meet with clients in their own homes or other locations in the community. Appointments may be arranged on a daily, weekly or monthly basis for up to two years depending on the needs of the client. Telephone support is also available. 
 
This service is available to people who are over 17 years of age and who need support to live independently and avoid homelessness. 
 
 
OUR PROJECTS 
 
Hosford has several projects which are about giving people opportunities to learn new skills, make progress in their lives, meet friends, and have fun. These projects are open to all clients and they can also accommodate some members of the community.  
 
Going Green runs the following programmes: 
 
History Group 
NI Street League 
Art Group 
Root Soup 
Book Club 
 
 
FUNDRAISING 
 
Hosford relies on fundraising to meet some of the basic needs of their clients such as clothing, food, furniture, bedding and help in an emergency. If you would like to get involved or wish to donate, see the information below. 
 
Donate 
Organise an event 
Join a challenge 
Corporate involvement 
 
 
Raising Awareness 
 
Hosford is a key scheme in the strategic plans of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and contributes to Northern Ireland’s social exclusion and drug and alcohol strategies. They are a trusted and established agent in the homeless sector providing support to the local community and province wide to people who are experiencing homelessness. Hosford works alongside other agencies to raise awareness of the facts of homelessness with the aim of encouraging the government to make this issue high priority. 
 
If you would like to speak to staff about the issues of homelessness, please contact the team. 
Hosford 20 Montrose Street, Belfast, BT5 4HY | Ph: 028 9046 3482 
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