Impact Report 2018 - 2019
A message from the CEO
This has been another year of challenge and change in the housing world. Homelessness is still increasing. We are still seeing the sometimes-devastating personal impact of austerity and welfare reform. There is still not enough housing to go around, and not nearly enough is being built. Policy changes such as the buy-to-let tax reforms and the abolition of no-fault evictions are driving those few remaining landlords who are willing to house low-income households out of the market. Urgent change is needed.
We have hundreds of referrals every year for single people who can’t find a tenancy in the private rented sector but are not entitled to any statutory help. We need to act quickly to fix this problem. We can’t wait for change to come to us.
We strongly believe that everyone has a right to somewhere safe to live. We also believe that homelessness should not define a person and that with a little help people can find their spark again. Over the last few years, we have integrated the Housing First principles, and strengths-based coaching into our work, and these now form the backbone to the Smart Steps programme. This year, we were fortunate enough to receive a National Lottery Community Fund grant of £499,552 to help us continue this work for another four years.
We have also been working on developing our other income streams, and we hope that by the end of the four years’ Lottery funding we will be able to cover the cost of much of our front-line housing services without relying too heavily on grant fundraising. This will mean we can continue to support homeless people into housing for as long as we are needed.
Early next year, we will be launching our social letting agency, Four Trees Lettings. Through Four Trees, we will support private landlords to rent their properties to people on benefits and those who have experience of homelessness. We’ll be managing house-shares in the private rented sector, offering decent, secure and affordable housing to single people, most of whom have no other housing option. Through our Smart Steps programme, we’ll continue to offer training flats for those who need a little more support before they can manage their own tenancy, we’ll continue to support people to manage their tenancies in the private rented sector, and we’ll continue to coach people to achieve their goals and dreams.
We are pushing for a change. We hope you’ll join us.
“Working with Nomad helped me bridge across a difficult time.”
Nomad's housing and support model
“I have more of a routine with day to day life which means I now socialise more, because of this I feel my stress levels have gone down”
Facts on training flats
Lucy’s Case Study
Lucy was referred to Nomad when her time was coming to an end at a rehabilitation centre.
She moved into one of Nomad’s training flats where she continued to work with drug services, along with her Nomad housing officer and coach.
She has since started a personal training course with the aim to be a personal trainer.
“My life is massively different when I first came to Nomad I had a lot of problems with budgeting, depression and not wanting to do anything. Nomad gave good advice about how to go about solving problems”
Facts on Private Rented Services
Dimitri’s Case Study
Dimitri was referred to Nomad as he was rough sleeping and had nowhere to stay.
After going through the assessment process Nomad helped Dimitri access private rented accommodation. He was supported to set up his benefits and get settled into his new property.
He now is in full-time employment and is sustaining his tenancy.
“I feel more stable and have put things that were wrong, right. I now look forward positively and feel much more confident in my abilities”
Facts on Coaching
Ahmed’s Case Study
Ahmed started working with a coach when he was struggling with his depression, unemployment and vulnerable housing.
He worked with a coach for a year, gained a High Ropes qualification and is now earning a good, self-employed living. He is sustainably housed and is no longer struggling with depression.