Pioneering housing project helps families keep their homes
A PIONEERING partnership project which is helping families across Swansea keep a roof over their heads has won a top Welsh award in recognition of its efforts.
(Media-Newswire.com) - A PIONEERING partnership project which is helping families across Swansea keep a roof over their heads has won a top Welsh award in recognition of its efforts.
image depicting A picture of a street in TownhillSwansea Council's Tenancy Support Unit is dedicated to working with families at risk of homelessness to support them to overcome their problems and keep their home.
Together with agencies like the police, the Youth Offending Service and other council departments, the unit set up the Family Intervention Partnership Project ( FIP ).
And now its focus on supporting families to deal with issues such as debt management, education, home safety and domestic abuse has won the 'Outstanding Leadership by a Local Authority' Award at the Chartered Institute of Housing's Welsh Housing Awards.
Cllr Mark Child, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, said: "I am very pleased to hear of their success and believe it is a tribute to strong partnership links with colleagues in housing, school services, youth offending, social services, the police and health authorities."
The award judges said the project showed examples of outstanding partnership working, with all partners sharing and making best use of their joint resources.
And they added: "The project was able to demonstrate an impressive range of outcomes for individuals, families and communities across the city."
The project provides a support package which involves the whole family and addresses a number of different issues such as budgeting, debt management, benefit maximisation, engaging with employment and education services, home safety, addressing behavioural issues, improving family relationships, support with substance misuse, domestic abuse and mental health/physical health issues.
Research has shown that this form of intervention has achieved some very positive outcomes for families nationally, and this success has been replicated in Swansea.
Organisations who were judged for this award had to demonstrate:
• leading local partnerships to deliver housing solutions
• taking a strategic lead in community regeneration
• promoting a multi-agency approach.
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