Supporting customers from hospital to home
Published by Nicola Mileham for Stockport Homes in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government
H3 (Helping the Homeless into Housing), working together with Stockport Homes and other partners, has received a cash boost from the Department of Health to establish a specialist scheme aimed at ensuring homeless people receive better help when they leave hospital.
H3 will employ a Homelessness Hospital Advocate and Peer Mentor who will forge links with Stepping Hill Hospital and local housing providers in Stockport to identify homeless patients and arrange the support they need to find and sustain accommodation.
Another local charity The Wellspring has also successfully secured funding and our staff will team up with their project so that the two schemes can provide a comprehensive service to help end the cycle of homelessness and hospital readmission.
Mary Moody, H3 Trustee said, “This is an important development for H3, providing a new service for homeless patients of Stepping Hill Hospital and paid employment for our staff.”
Stephen Burke, H3’s new Peer Mentor said, “I am proud that this worthwhile project is in the hands of H3 who understand the problems that homeless people face. I personally am looking forward to the challenge of getting out there to help and support people in finding accommodation. I am hoping in some way to alleviate the problems faced at Stepping Hill directing people to the right agencies.”