Our High Wycombe Hostel provides a home and support for local people who might otherwise be homeless. Each resident is allocated a key worker and, together they will create a support plan which is tailored to the needs and aspirations of the resident to support them to move into independent accommodation. In Phase 1 each resident has their own bedroom with its own kitchenette whilst bathrooms and toilets are shared. Residents may have the opportunity to progress into self-contained accommodation in Phases 2 and 3 on our site, provided they satisfy relevant criteria and subject to availability.
The hostel offers an IT suite, free for all residents to use, as well as a residents’ lounge and cafe. Residents are offered a wide range of services and activities to support their individual needs including life skills activities which cover a range of topics from budgeting and shopping to healthy living and cooking. Our Personal Development Programme challenges residents to address issues such as low self-esteem, low resilience and to gain problem solving skills. The support and training offered to residents during their time at YMCA aims to enable independent living.
Applying for housing
YMCA is unable to provide direct access for potential residents. All applicants are asked to attend an interview with a member of our housing team and complete an application. Staff are happy to assist any applicant that has difficulties completing the form and will request a police criminal record check. Applicants must:
- be from Buckinghamshire and/or have a local connection
- be aged between 18 and 59 years old
- be able to supply proof of a low income or receiving state benefits
- be able to supply a professional character reference on headed paper
Applicants with convictions for violence, sex offences, arson, or possession of drugs with intent to supply are unlikely to be offered accommodation; however their applications will still be considered on an individual basis.
If you would like to discuss the application process, or follow up on an application please call the High Wycombe Housing Team on 01494 465 700.