Derek Crosfield House is a specialist service for homeless young parents or young people expecting a baby.

Where we can help

Tendring, Essex

Who we support

Young people

About the service

The scheme is located in Clacton and consists of seven self contained one bedroom flats and one studio flat. The scheme also has a communal lounge, kitchen and laundry room.

Our staff can support you around a range of different areas to enable to you to become as independent as possible. The support includes:

  • Maintaining your tenancy independently
  • Linking in with healthcare services
  • Budgeting and managing money and benefits
  • Increasing social and living skills and broadening support networks
  • Links into education, training and work opportunities
  • Increase in self esteem
  • Better use of recreation time

Every customer has a support plan that reflects your support needs and aspirations. Support workers regularly review your plan with you to make sure that it still reflects your needs.

Alongside this service, we also provide support to eight families in the Clacton and Harwich areas who have experienced homelessness. This service includes some supported housing and some visiting support and provides the same kind of support as provided through Derek Crosfield House.

Staff are available to provide support to Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm. Outside these hours, there is an on-call system available for emergency support.


Referrals come through the Tendring District council’s homelessness department. Once a referral has been received, an interview is arranged within 10 days. The allocations panel will then process referrals and prioritise those who most need support.

The Homeless Council Department can be contacted on 01255 686 438 or at

Contact Details

Tel: 0300 123 3456