The Colchester Temporary Housing Service provides supported housing to homeless people in the Colchester area.
The service consists of 35 flats and houses across three schemes in the Colchester area – Hargood Close, Sagewood Place and Friars Court.
The schemes provide a range of accommodation including studios, one, two and three bedroom flats and houses, some with a range of communal facilities with five being specifically for people with mental health issues.
The service aims to support people develop a range of skills to help them get ready to live independently in the local community.
Along with tenancy support, we can help around areas such as:
- Applying for benefits and dealing with appeals
- Advice on move on options, housing applications and tenancy information
- Linking in with GPs, dentists and other relevant health care professionals
- Referrals to other agencies where necessary such as Community Mental Health services, drug and alcohol services, sexual health, children’s legal services, solicitors, Citizens Advice Bureau
- Managing arrears, debt and budgeting
- Education, training and work
- General advice and guidance
Every customer has a support plan that reflects your support needs and aspirations. Support workers regularly review these plans with you to make sure that they still reflect your needs.
We also have an agreement with Colchester Borough Council to provide support to the people living in Sagewood Place, a mixture of 18 studio, one, two and three bedroom flats.
Staff from Hargood Place provide visiting support at this scheme to support customers with building their confidence and be prepared for when they move on to independent accommodation in the future.
You can make a referral using this form. Colchester Borough Council has control over the nominations to 30 of the places at Hargood Close, 18 at Sagewood Place and 16 at Friars Court.
Essex County Council Mental Health Services have control over 5 places. Customers are referred via the monthly Mental Health Joint Referral Panel and customers are interviewed to ascertain their suitability.