Since the Renewal Programme was founded in 1971, it has worked within community development, standing alongside individuals and groups are marginalised; our aim is to empower them by various means to take their place in society.
Our Supported Housing project is an initiative developed in conjunction with the London Borough of Newham and One-Housing Group to provide accommodation and life skills support for single homeless people over the age of 18.
The need for this initiative derived from the Renewal Programme’s Turnaround Aram House Night Shelter. Turnaround has provided night-shelter accommodation since November 1992, when several Newham churches pulled together to meet the needs of local homeless people by providing them with a meal, a bed and a warm, safe environment.
During the cold winter months, each church provided shelter for 30 people each night.
This was the first London shelter to begin using this model and since that time, church-based groups in seven other London boroughs and towns have set up their own shelter using the same model.
The Renewal Programme has, over the years, since expanded the Supported Housing project across two buildings, both located in Newham, better meeting the borough’s aim of reducing street homelessness.
At present, we have 42 residents part of our Supported Housing project, split over two buildings.
One building provides accommodation for 11 young people, aged under 25, with low levels of support needs, whilst our other building provides accommodation for 31 homeless people, who may also suffer from addiction, mental health issues, employment problems or mild learning disabilities. This building is also suitable those facing homelessness after coming out of the criminal justice or care system.
The project consists of a mixture of two-bed flats, which form an assessment unit, and several self-contained flats, which form an independence unit. You can read more about the services we provide here.