This centre offers a unique facility by providing temporary; furnished accommodation and housing support for couples with children, male and female single parent families and pregnant mothers. Staff work closely with Portsmouth City Council Social Care and are able to cater for a wide range of support needs, equipping families with life skills to enable them to maintain a tenancy.
The service offers a safe, secure and supportive environment that allows Portsmouth City Council Housing to meet its statutory obligations in assessing the housing and support needs of vulnerable families, while ensuring that service users retain dignity, independence, control and choice over their own lives, within their own capabilities.
Providing a range of services, Hope House Lifehouse in Portsmouth works towards The Salvation Army's ethos of 'Heart to God, Hand to Man'. Under the management of The Salvation Army, Hope House will deliver an outstanding housing-related support service, which will engage with key partners to inspire everyone we work with to build positive relationship’s, establish a sense of purpose and gain the skills they need to live as independently as possible.
A residents view:
“I had to leave where I was living because the landlord got done for subletting on the property and I found myself homeless. It was then I found Hope House Outreach service. I moved in to the centre where I worked out my family issues through working with the staff. I have managed to address my anger issues. I have been involved in activities in Hope House, gardening, cooking, darts, Y course, Lifeline and art classes. I have asked to create art work to be hanged on the wall. I have opened my own bank account with support. I didn’t have any control over my money before, I was not able to budget. I have attended courses e.g. The Prince's Trust for three months. I have also created a CV and been to job interviews, filling in job applications and attending appointments on time!”