We provide and maintain temporary accommodation across Reading for up to 104 people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless – and combine this with individual, targeted support to get our clients’ lives back on track.
Our supported housing is for six to twelve months and, during this time, each client works through a personalised support plan with their allocated supported housing officer. The work we do with our supported housing clients aims to tackle the issues that are holding them back, so they can obtain and sustain more permanent housing, and live independently.
When someone has a stable, clean and safe home, it’s easier to provide regular and effective support for issues such as mental health problems and substance misuse, or to break the cycle of re-offending. For our clients, housing with support is a lifeline and the day they move into one of our properties can often be a turning point for them.
Our work with other agencies and community groups such as St Mungo’s, The Salvation Army, the Probation Service and Change Grow Live also makes sure residents are given wrap-around support and the best opportunity to turn their life around.
Spiralling rents, welfare cuts and a lack of social housing are all contributing to the current housing crisis – which is why Launchpad has built and acquired 12 homes to rent in Reading to provide affordable, sustainable and long-term accommodation for those in housing need.
Five of these long-term homes are brand new flats in Reading that Launchpad opened in January 2019, after purchasing land and building accommodation. Each flat is part furnished and consists of a bedroom, bathroom, open plan sitting room, kitchen and dining area, as well as solar panels and triple glazing.
Funding to help build the flats was raised by major donors, donations from trusts and members of the Reading community. Haslams Estate Agent held a gala ball in 2017, raising a magnificent £100,000, while one couple, who wishes to remain anonymous, donated a staggering £125,000.
Over the next five years we will be looking for further viable opportunities to purchase land in order to build homes. If you are interested in supporting our work please do get in touch.
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