We are working with a homelessness charity and a group for LGBTQ+ refugees to provide quality homes to people who want to live safely and independently.
As part of our projects with Trinity and Say It Loud Club, we have already set aside more than 10 homes, including some in our west London heartlands of Kensington and Chelsea, Ealing and Hammersmith and Fulham.
Trinity work with people who had been living on the streets, offering them access to a day centre, mental health and addiction support, coaching, work placements and eventually the chance to move on and live independently within the community.
We met with them earlier this year to discuss how we could help and have now provided seven homes so far. Every tenant has their own dedicated housing officer, like all our tenants, but also benefits from ongoing support from Trinity.
Resident coach, Louise Taylor, from Trinity said: “The transition to NHG for our residents has been smooth, friendly and professional during these arduous times. This is an exciting venture which allows us, alongside NHG, to continue our fight against homelessness and watch our residents grow.”
Say It Loud Club was formed in 2010 to support LGBTQ+ refugees who face incredible challenges to call the UK their home. They have helped hundreds to successfully gain the right to live freely in the UK and without that help many would have been forced to return to their home countries where they faced discrimination, violence and even fear of death.
We agreed to offer five properties to Say It Loud Club this year so they could nominate service users into a secure rented home and we have already started to welcome Say It Loud Club members as NHG residents.
Housing Projects Coordinator, Thelma Ndaula, said: “To our members at the Say It Loud Club, it would have been extremely difficult for them to integrate in the UK without a place to call home.”
“Even after being granted asylum and having the right to live in the UK, many of our members struggle to find affordable housing due to complicated housing policies and lack of affordable accommodation.”
“We are absolutely grateful for our partnership with Notting Hill Genesis who have made it possible for our members to have housing support as they resettle in the UK.”
Say It Loud Club members have renewed freedom, empowered to live a more meaningful and purposeful life, thanks to this partnership. Thank you, Notting Hill Genesis, for transforming our members lives and the whole community by providing affordable housing.
Sue Sargeant, director of housing management for Notting Hill Genesis, said: “Providing quality homes to people who need them is at the heart of everything we do and it’s a great privilege to be able to support Trinity and Say It Loud Club in giving their clients a place to live. They are both inspirational organisations and we are proud to be working with them.