PCC’s Proceeds of Crime Act Fund helping vulnerable people in Bradford (15 June 2017)

HortonhousingHorton Housing in Bradford received a £2,500 grant from Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to help support vulnerable people.

The cash came from the PCC's Safer Communities Fund and has been used to help fund Horton Housing's Coordinated, Advice, Support, Tenancy Ready, and Service (CASTRS) project.

The CASTRS project provides information and training to equip clients with tenancy ready skills, how to sustain a tenancy, be a good neighbour and valued member of the community.

Most clients have few belongings to start up in a tenancy so Horton Housing provides a starter pack as an incentive for those who successfully complete the training. The packs contain the basic essentials such as items to help cook and prepare meals or bedding.

Horton Housing is a not-for-profit organisation that's been providing housing-related support services for more than 30 years. They help the most vulnerable people in society and manage housing, training and support services across Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and North Yorkshire.

They work with a wide range of clients including people who are homeless, have mental health problems, have drug or alcohol issues, refugees, people with disabilities and ex-offenders.

West Yorkshire's PCC, Mark Burns-Williamson visited Horton Housing to see their work first hand on Wednesday (14/06) and said: "This is a very heart-warming project and I was really pleased to be able to provide this funding. We all find ourselves in situations in life where we need a helping hand and it's great to be able to contribute towards that.

"Safeguarding vulnerable people is so important and is absolutely crucial in reducing and preventing crime. For a relatively small amount of money this project is having a big impact.

"Horton Housing clearly have a very dedicated and professional team of staff and volunteers. It was a pleasure to meet them and have the opportunity to thank them for their hard work."

Denise Barnard, Horton Housing's Head of Service for Supported Accommodation & Intensive Housing Management Bradford, said: "We were delighted to welcome Mark to our project and share with him some of the achievements of our clients who have undertaken tenancy ready training. The training helps our clients to move from supported housing into independent living and the extra funding allows them to buy items that many of us take for granted, such as a microwave or bedding.

"So far, 117 clients have undertaken tenancy ready training and 92 have passed the course. Not only does the course teach people the skills they need to manage a tenancy and be a good neighbour, but it also helps them to secure tenancies with private landlords or other social housing providers and take that next step towards independence."

To find out more about Horton Housing visit www.hortonhousing.co.uk.

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