From November to March our Winter Project provides emergency overnight accommodation in the Day Centre for people who would otherwise be forced to sleep on the streets in the bad weather.
The Winter Project can accommodate up to eight people each night.
Not far from the Shelter is the Annexe, which has four single rooms and shared kitchen, washing and laundry facilities. Here the residents can come and go as they please and are responsible for their own food and for keeping the place clean and tidy. However, the Shelter is only three minutes' walk away should they need our support.
We do not admit residents directly to the Annexe.
When a room becomes available it will be allocated to a suitable person who is already resident in the Night Shelter.
The move-on houses
We have three "move-on houses" in other parts of Chelmsford as a further step towards independent living. They each have single bedrooms with a shared kitchen, laundry, toilet, bathroom and garden. Residents normally move into these after a spell in the Annexe.
The move-on houses are intended for those who are progressing towards independent accommodation of their own. One house has five single bedrooms and another has four. The third also has five single bedrooms and is intended for those who have already gained full-time employment.
We normally expect to house residents for a maximum of five months from the date of first entry to the Night Shelter.
Our main aim is to help homeless people to move on to permanent accommodation of their own. To this end we work with every resident to prepare an individual Support Plan. This may entail the resident seeking treatment for alcohol or drug-related problems, undergoing additional training, preparing a budget or finding a job. Where necessary we can refer homeless people to other agencies for help or advice.
Our Assistant Support Manager works closely with residents throughout their stay with us and may continue to provide some support thereafter.
Where appropriate, homeless people have the opportunity to help us either by acting as volunteers at the Day Centre or by working on one of our projects. Residents moving on to their own accommodation are invited to complete a feedback form so that we can learn from their experiences.
Spreading the word
We are always happy to talk to churches and other organisations in the Chelmsford area about homelessness.
If you would like a speaker to come to one of your services or meetings, please get in touch.