Funding boost to support homeless women in Stoke on Trent

A Stoke on Trent service which supports vulnerable women, experiencing homelessness, has been awarded £90,000. 

The funding, provided through Homeless Link and the Comic Relief Housing First Fund, will allow Housing First to extend the specialist female support it provides to women experiencing homelessness, trauma and other complex issues. 

The gender-informed approach will see an increase in staff training and awareness. 

Housing First has been operating in Stoke on Trent since July 2018, led by Brighter Futures.

The service helps people find stable accommodation and also supports them through mental health difficulties and drug or alcohol dependencies. 

Jane Turner, Manager of Housing First Stoke on Trent and National Housing First Trainer, says "This extra funding is a massive step. 

"It's about making a difference in people's lives and looking at ways to improve the service we deliver. If the provisions we're putting in place can make a difference to someone then it's a brilliant thing.

"We recognise that, for a lot of the people we support, other services haven't worked. Some of them have been homeless for many years and it's about trying to change that."

Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of Homeless Link, says "We are clear that Housing First, is an integral part of the solution to ending homelessness and should be available locally for all people who experience multiple disadvantage.

"We are delighted to be able to provide funding to help Brighter Futures enhance the support they can offer to vulnerable women in Stoke on Trent by embedding a gender-informed approach into the service."


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