We provide housing related support to over 400 people each year through our specialist supported housing services and prepare them for independent living in mainstream housing.
We believe we can make a difference but don’t take our word for it – our residents will tell you all about it.
Lynn’s life has been transformed since moving into supported accommodation. Not only has she grown in confidence, her mental health and quality of life has also improved. Before she applied for support from Tyne Housing, she had her own tenancy but fell in with the wrong crowd. She was subject to abuse and those who she thought were her friends were in fact stealing money from her and encouraging her to take drugs and alcohol. Now, her life has completely turned around and she has been given the support she needs to regain her confidence.
She said: “My support worker has been brilliant and I remember sitting down working through my first support plan and realising I was paying for things I didn’t even own. All that got stopped and I no longer drink or take drugs. I love the communal aspect of shared accommodation and I have made new friends. Being settled in accommodation and getting the support I needed has made a big difference to how my life has turned out.”
David moved into supported housing and hasn’t looked back since. Between the ages of 18-31, he led a life of crime and spent most of his time in and out of prison. He had a drug and alcohol addiction which led to more crime and homelessness when he wasn’t in prison. He explains that if support and accommodation had not been offered, his story would have been very different to today.
He said, “I was determined to stay out of jail for good. The last time I was released, I decided I wanted to change my life so went into a homeless hostel provided by Tyne Housing. I lived there for a year before moving into a supported house – I felt ready and able to manage in a smaller shared house. It was much better for me to go into a shared house with support instead of going into somewhere on my own with no support, I hated being on my own at the time.”
Keith underwent rehab in a drug and alcohol unit before being admitted into a psychiatric unit after suffering from a mental breakdown. He eventually responded to dealing with his situation and moved into supported housing by Tyne Housing. “It made me change my life and gave me time to reflect on my situation. A support worker helped me and I managed to clear my debts before being offered a supported tenancy on my own”, said Keith.
“If It wasn’t for supported housing, I’d be in jail and on the streets if I was released as other places wouldn’t help me. Supported housing means everything because it has helped me and although you may not see it at the time, I have now moved on and can look back on things and what mistakes I made. It changed my life and I got a lot better. I can see a future and I have a nice flat with my own kitchen and also have friends in the same building.”