Young people become homeless for a variety of reasons. Some are unable to stay at home because of violence or abuse, some are in financial difficulty because of unemployment – the reasons are complex and often multi-dimensional.
The first step is to provide safety and security. Our Bishops Stortford hostel has 27 self-contained flats for local and out of area people aged between 16-30, who may otherwise be homeless. Each flat is let on an 18-month Assured Short Hold Tenancy agreement.
By addressing the need for security and stability, we give our service users space to focus on rebuilding their lives. Our Resident Programmes help with practical life skills like budgeting, shopping and cooking, whilst our Personal Development Programs offer support to help develop confidence, address low self-esteem and improve problem-solving skills.
As well as a comfortable place to sleep and live our hostel offers space for social interaction and 24-hour staff support. Bishops Stortford Hostel has a lounge, meeting room, and laundry facilities, along with a staff office. It’s close to public transport, as well as local shops and leisure facilities to make it as easy as possible for our residents to step back into society.
Our goal is to support independent living and to help young people find a way forward. A safe space to stay is the first step to achieving this.