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Homelessness scheme celebrates 9th birthday

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

Homelessness scheme celebrates 9th birthday Homelessness scheme celebrates 9th birthday

A supported housing scheme which provides accommodation and support for people experiencing homelessness across Preston in Lancashire celebrated its 9th birthday at an event last week.

Since opening in 2005, social landlord Progress Housing Group's Foundations project has enabled 481 men and women aged 16 and over to get back on their feet so they can move on to a permanent home.

The scheme, which is managed in partnership with Preston City Council, provides 22 self-contained high quality flats and a team of specialist support staff available 24 hours a day to maintain a safe and supportive environment.

The scheme helps residents to improve their long-term prospects with education, training and voluntary opportunities.

A garden also enables residents to grow their own vegetables which are used in ‘cook and eat’ sessions that give tenants the skills to cook healthily on a budget.

Foundation resident Adrian Allan, 49, said: “Since coming here it’s been good. They are letting me do it at my own pace until I’m ready to move on. I was homeless for a long time and for the first time I can see what life is about; I can see who I am because of all this.”

Karen Airnes-Little, project manager at Foundations, said: “I am so proud of what we have achieved over the past nine years. It is so rewarding seeing people come into the scheme needing our help and support, then leaving and doing well on their own.

"The scheme has played an extremely important role in breaking the cycle of homelessness for a significant number of people who have gone on to successfully maintain a tenancy and rebuild their lives. In these times of austerity, it is incredibly rewarding to see such positive outcomes and the sustained success of the scheme thanks to partnership working and the commitment of all involved.”

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