Providing homes

Launchpad aims to break the cycle of homelessness by providing both temporary and long-term homes for those who don’t have a clean, safe and stable place to live.
Photo of Launchpad houses, used to illustrate how we provide homes

Supported housing

We provide and maintain temporary accommodation across Reading for over 100 people. As well as providing homes we provide targeted support to get our clients’ lives back on track.

Our supported housing is offered for six to twelve months and, during this time, each client works through a personalised support plan with a supported housing officer. The work we do aims to tackle the issues that are holding them back, so they can obtain and sustain more permanent housing, and live independently.

A stable, clean and safe home, makes it far easier to provide regular and effective support. This let’s us focus on 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.

Long-term homes

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.

*Launchpad is committed to the privacy and confidentiality of the information provided to us by our clients. Read our privacy statement for more details.*

The Nova Project

The Nova project is a specialist service for women, established in 2021 by Reading Borough Council, in response to an identified need. It provides a home for 10 multiply disadvantaged women in a gender and trauma-informed supported environment.

The home is a safe space for female residents to help them begin to recover from the experience of homelessness and to help them rebuild their lives until they are ready to move on. 

As women experience homelessness differently from men – affected by violence, abuse and sexual harassment – there is a need for specialised, individual, gender-informed support to work through severe traumas such as domestic abuse which Launchpad staff will provide alongside partner agencies.

The Pods

The Pods are self-contained modular homes in Reading established in 2021, providing wrap around care for 40 people who have been found sleeping rough and have complex needs.

Clients can be housed for 2-3 years in the move on accommodation to give them the opportunity to rebuild their lives through longer-term housing stability, paired with the essential support they need to take the next step to break the cycle of rough sleeping.

At both projects, Launchpad support staff are on site 24/7. We will work with new and existing clients to settle them into their new accommodation and will then work intensively with them, providing client-led holistic wraparound support, in partnership with other relevant agencies.