There are a number of schemes that operate in the borough that provide accommodation for young single people, and these are detailed below. Each scheme has varying selection criteria and an offer different services and levels of support. There is a great demand for
vacancies in all the schemes.
To be referred to a scheme you will need to contact the Housing Options Team who will provide an initial assessment of your case and forward your referral to a nomination panel that meets once a month and decides what scheme, if any, to refer you to. The panel is made up of council representatives and other housing providers and agencies.
The schemes operating in the borough are as follows:
Grenfell Housing Association
The Grenfell foyer is a dispersed foyer for young single homeless people aged 16-24. Accommodation is in shared houses of two to four people. Each person has their own room and shares communal facilities. The scheme is located in the three boroughs of Merton, Wandsworth
and Kingston and applicants must have a connection with one of these boroughs. Applicants must also
be prepared to engage in education or training opportunities. Tenants stay for up to two years and follow
a planned programme of resettlement. At the end of their stay the aim is to support the tenant into
further accommodation, this is usually in the privately rented sector. Grenfell run their own training
courses from their central office which is based in South Wimbledon.
Grenfell housing association also runs two housing projects for
young single homeless people. One seven-bed three-storey house accommodates young people aged 18-25,
often living independently for the first time. Tenants have their own bedroom and share a kitchen and
bathroom. They are offered low support for up to two years and are then supported into move-on accommodation.
The other project comprises 16 bedsits and shared bathroom facilities for young people aged 18-30. A
"responsible tenant" lives in this scheme. Length of stay is up to one year. Referrals to
Grenfell can be made directly or through the Housing Options Team.
Grenfell Housing Association
16 - 20 Kingston
Telephone: 020 8545 2588
Fax: 020 8545 2599
Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness (KCAH)
KCAH houses 35 homeless men and 8 homeless women with low support
needs. Accommodation is in nine shared houses in the borough of Kingston including a three-bed women
only house, a family house and eight men-only houses. There are also seven bedsits in a mixed block
in borough. The accommodation is only open to clients of KCAH's own housing advice service and is designed
to offer temporary housing while residents work towards long term resettlement. Residents are expected
to work with support staff and agreed support plans with set targets to ensure their future employment
and housing. Referrals to KCAH can be made directly or through the Housing Options Team.
36a Fife Road
Kingston upon Thames
Telephone: 020 8255 7400
Fax: 020 8274 8405
Wandle Housing Association
Wandle housing association's supported housing for young people
project provides supported accommodation for young single people aged 16-21. The accommodation comprises
one shared house, 15 studio flats and includes one disabled adapted unit. All properties are located
within the borough. Each tenant has an allocated housing officer who will work with the tenant to empower
them to progress them towards independent living covering a range of support needs including access
to welfare benefits, education and employment, budgeting, shopping and cooking, healthy eating, emotional
and practical support and accessing any other agencies that will assist the tenant. Tenants can stay
for up to two years.
Wandle housing association also provides supported housing for
young mothers with one dependant child under the age of two at a six bed unit in Raynes Park, the scheme
is staffed Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm and staff work with the tenants on independent living and
parenting skills. Referrals to Wandle can be made directly or through the Housing Options Team.
232 Mitcham Road
London SW17 9NN
Telephone: 020 8682 1177
Merton Action for Single Homeless (MASH)
MASH is a short stay direct access emergency hostel for young
homeless people aged 16-21 with shared rooms. MASH will only accept people who have a six month connection
with the borough. Staff offer support through weekly one-to-one sessions to discuss each individual’s
progress Maximum length of stay is 12 weeks and the project aims to move residents on to more
permanent accommodation. Referrals to MASH can be made directly or through the Housing Options Team.
Kingston and Wimbledon YMCA provides accommodation for 110 young
single people aged 16-35 who are in housing need and have a local connection with the borough. 60 of
these bed spaces are allocated to single homeless people, the remaining units are for students and workers
on low incomes. All applicants must be committed to finding long term employment, education or training.
Referrals are only accepted from our housing advice team and specific local housing agencies. All residents
have a one month probationary period, life skills programme and formal reviews of their personal development
plan. Staff provide help with literacy and numeracy, CVs, and finding work, training or college courses.
Referrals to the YMCA are made through the Housing Options Team.
200 The Broadway