Standard Resident Flat

The residents standard flats are based on a tiny home type style. I wanted the flats to be small but perfectly formed with lots of storage space to allow the residents to keep the majority of their belongings with them and not have to put them in storage where they would not be able to access them. The residents can customise certain items to their preference to make the space feel more like they have ownership of it e.g. artwork.

I also didn’t want the residents to feel disappointed when they move into their permanent homes as they will be extremely basic and not luxurious in any way, so a fine balance had to be found with regards to the decor and furnishings.

The walls are double thick to provide good soundproofing and allow the space to remain peaceful even if other residents are being loud.

This is their safe, private space so I wanted it to feel like it.

flat plan

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Olivia's Flat, Bio & Journey through the project.

Bio: Just aged out of residential care, has been there since early teens. Scared to live alone after traumatic childhood. Social worker and other support staff have helped to secure a place at the project. Journey: Given self contained flat and allowed to settle in with support from social worker. Meeting held next morning to plan journey with staff, social worker & resident. Offered counciling services to develop coping strategies relating to childhood trauma. Will remain at the project for up to one year. Exit meeting with staff, counselor, social worker & resident for case hand off to social worker, housing tenancy officer and counselor who will provide support until no longer needed.

Markus' Flat, Bio & Journey through the project.

Bio: Struggling to find work after finishing a college course. Parents can no longer support him and told him to move out. Has no income to pay for a deposit on a flat. Presented to local council as homeless and refered to the project. Journey: Settling in night at the intake house to access level of support. Morning meeting with staff and resident to discuss journey. Given self contained flat after meeting. CV creation and job application support given. Will move into own tenancy as soon as one becomes available. Project staff and housing tenancy officer will support for first year with case closing meeting after this 12 month period.

Jordan's Flat, Bio & Journey through the project.

Bio: Just released from prison for shoplifting. Has been living on the street since he was 15, turned to drink and drugs as a coping mechanism. Wants a fresh start, contacted the project directly from details on a poster in town. Journey: Settling in night at the intake house to access level of support needed. Staff and resident meeting next morning to access needs clearly and discuss suggested journey with resident. Addiction councelling services referral to help prevent relapse of substance abuse. Will remain at the project for up to one year. Will be asigned a key worker from the project staff. Key worker, housing tenancy officer and addiction services will support on an ongoing basis for as long as is needed.

A resident journey