Hosford is the homeless service 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 two main services a homeless hostel containing 26 rooms/apartments for people who have lost their home and a Tenancy Support Service. 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.
On site there are many services which our clients can avail of: employability service, counselling, Alcoholics Anonymous, Irish classes, Age NI, EBM congregation and church, and volunteer opportunities in various projects.
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; a football project (run in partnership with Street Soccer NI), Going Green (gardening and environmental group), health and well-being groups, art groups, and more.
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.
If you are homeless, or need help to avoid homelessness, please call us on 02890463482 or send us a message via this site.
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 Choice 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: employability service, counselling, Alcoholics Anonymous Irish classes, Age NI, EBM congregation and church, and volunteer opportunities in various projects.
Hosford Tenancy Support workers provide practical and emotional support to people who are living independently but encountering problems and could lose their home. 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.
If you would like to use this service please contact 028 9045 8560 and ask to speak to the Hosford Tenancy Support Team.
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.
Cooking and healthy eating projects
Health and well being projects
Other one off projects
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 please visit the EBM fundraising page >>>>>>