Housing and employment go hand in hand. The lack of a job can prevent someone obtaining the home they want and the anxiety caused by the lack of stable work will make it difficult to think about work and gaining employment. Bringing housing and employment advice together will alleviate many of the reasons for long term worklessness, particularly for those in housing need and for the next generation of tenants.
This is exactly what East Marsh Community Trust, through Community Homes envisages, taking a robust, integrated approach to housing and worklessness whereby a single agency provides an entire support package.
Tenancy agreements will be linked to training, volunteering performance and gaining of NVQ qualifications, also tenants will be responsible for their gardens and public areas of the
Bring long term unemployed, ex offenders and those in temporary or inadequate accommodation into training, volunteering and gaining NVQ qualifications, assisting with CV’s and job application and the provision of references.
Be trained and assisted and helped to take responsibility in..
- Take responsibility for garden maintenance and public areas within the Home Zone.
- Maintain home
- Maintain public areas (as part of local area agreement with all residents of the ‘Homezone’)
- Volunteer for a department of East Marsh Community Trust
- Gain work experience and NVQ qualifications
- Access Community Advice Services (Financial inclusion, welfare and debt management)
- Access CV writing assistance
- Job search assistance
All tenants are assisted back into employment, they are encouraged to play a full role in society and the local area in particular and once in work will continue to have the support available to maintain their role in local society.
This supported scheme is designed not only to reduce worklessness and build a responsible society but also to ensure the investment made in the Home Zone and other properties within the ward is sustainable.
We have purchased, renovated and brought back into use three long term void properties on Guildford Street, Grimsby. All three tenants have volunteered with us as part of their tenancy agreement and one now has found full time employment. All have furnished their homes through Community Chest and accessed benefit advice and back to work calculations through Community Advice Services, thoroughly demonstrating the holistic nature of the organisation as a whole.
In such a short period we have demonstrated the effectiveness of our philosophy and we will be working with partners to roll Community Homes out further across North East Lincolnshire throughout 2012 and beyond
To apply for a home with community homes, please complete an application form here.