Threshold Housing First project makes the UK Housing Awards shortlist

The finalists for this year’s UK Housing Awards were announced on Monday, with Jigsaw Group making the shortlist in the ‘Homelessness Project of the Year’ category. The project which earned them the nomination was the Threshold’s innovative Housing First project.

The UK Housing Awards are run by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and sponsored by Inside Housing. They celebrate excellence within the housing sector and are one of the industry’s more prestigious awards.

This is the second time Threshold (part of the Jigsaw Group) has made the finals, having been runners up in 2016 when the project was still in its infancy. The project has expanded since then and the team is hopeful for an even better result this time round.

They’re hoping that the uniqueness of the project and the extraordinary results they have been able to achieve for their customers will help secure the coveted prize.

Housing First is a revolutionary approach to solving homelessness, which adheres to a certain set of principles, the most fundamental being that housing is a human right. In 2015, Threshold launched their own Housing First project, which was unique in that it was the only one in the world that focused solely on women with complex needs, namely ex-offenders.

Since the pilot launched Threshold has seen extraordinary results, with nearly every single one of the women they have housed being able to sustain their tenancies, and the re-offending rates dropping to zero. To put this into context, before they came to the service some of these women were in a constant cycle of homelessness, criminal activity, custodial sentences and abuse. Thanks to the service provided by Threshold, they have finally been able to add some stability to their lives, with a safe and secure home providing a base from where they can address the often deep-seated traumas that have led to their chaotic lifestyles.

Anita Birchall, Head of Threshold, said: “We were delighted when we found out that we had made the shortlist for the UK Housing Awards. What we do is not about winning awards; it’s about changing lives. That said, our keyworkers put a huge amount of effort into helping the women in our service and while the approach we take is groundbreaking and innovative, it can also be hugely challenging. We are therefore extremely happy that an organization as well-respected as the CIH has recognised our hard work by making us finalists in the UK Housing Awards.”

The awards take place on 1 May 2019 at a black tie event at Grosvenor Hall, London.



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