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Supported Housing

This is where you live in a flat or room in a shared house where support is provided to help you sustain your tenancy and to help you where needed in other areas of your life such as finding employment, training or education. There are the following supported housing projects in this area:

  • YMCA – Ryder House – for young people aged 16-24 years old
  • Chapter One – for single people aged 16-25, single people with babies aged 16-25 and couples with or without children aged 16-21
  • Wharf House, Tonbridge - for young people aged 16-24
  • The Bridge Trust: - for people aged 18 to 59
  • Colebrook Road hostel – for people aged 18- 64

In other areas, there is:

  • Trinity Foyer, Maidstone – young people aged 16-24
  • Lily Smith House, Maidstone – people aged 18-64
  • The Quays, Sittingbourne – people aged 18-64

Supporting People

Supporting People is a Government programme providing similar housing-related support services, like homeless hostels, women’s refuges and sheltered housing. Helping vulnerable people live independently, manage debts, make a budget and apply for benefits. It also helps with setting up home, coping with rent arrears and avoiding eviction.

Supporting People can help if you are:

  • homeless or at risk of losing your home
  • a young person leaving care
  • a teenage parent
  • an older person
  • a woman or man fleeing domestic abuse
  • a traveller
  • living with HIV/AIDS
  • a refugee with leave to stay in the country

or if you have:

  • a learning or physical and/or a sensory disability
  • mental health problems
  • drug or alcohol problems
  • recently come out of prison or are due to be released

In Tunbridge Wells the Kent County Council manages the Supporting People Project.

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