We are aware that adult homelessness is on the increase in Harrow partly due to welfare reforms and joblessness. HCHA approached Harrow Council and proposed to use two of our properties for the purpose of addressing the issue of adult single person homelessness and taking on clients that are currently either in bed and breakfast accommodation or are rough sleepers.
In 2014 this project began with two flats, each with four furnished bedrooms with shared facilities. These premises are used to house adults over 25 years of age that are referred to us by the Council. Individual tenants sign a license agreement. HCHA is responsible for the security of the building, maintenance and cleaning the communal areas.
An officer visits the properties on a regular basis to ensure that tenants are adhering to the house rules, keeping the property clean and paying their rent or contribution.
“I come from a very large family and as an adult, I needed my own personal space. My advice to others in a similar situation facing homelessness is don’t sleep in the street, don’t put yourself in a dangerous position. Go to the council and talk to them. Tell them about your problems. In my experience they have listened and given good advice. They housed me with HCHA and now I am very pleased with my life.“