Accommodation is provided in small shared houses, rather than large hostels, where residents are encouraged to take responsibility for their own lives, so it is vital that we do not take away their ability to have constructive influence over their surroundings. An important feature of our houses is the input residents have in the decisions affecting their house.
Cambridge Cyrenians currently provides accommodation for over 70 homeless men and women.
Cambridge City and homeless people
All supported housing services in Cambridge give priority to homeless people who have a local connection to the city (click here for details). People seeking accommodation with homeless services in Cambridge, who have no local connection to the city, will be expected to engage with the reconnections process (click here for details) and return to an area of the country where they have a local connection or to an area where accommodation and support can be found.
Any individual or agency wishing to make a referral to Cambridge Cyrenians accommodation should first contact Cambridge City Council's Housing Advice Team (01223 457934) in order to establish their local connection. If the Authority does not have a statutory duty to house a particular individual they will refer that person on to the Street Outreach Team (01223 366292). If it has been established that the individual has a local connection with Cambridge City, or no local connection with any other Local Authority, then the SOT will refer them on to those agencies thought appropriate, via the weekly Allocations and Resettlement Planning Meeting. Those without a local connection will be offered assistance by the SOT to return to a place where they do have a local connection, or another Authority which may be prepared to offer suitable accommodation.
There is a waiting list for all our accommodation and referrals can expect to have to wait at least two weeks before being offered a place in our Short-Stay accommodation.
Cambridge Cyrenians will accommodate people from 16 years of age. However we do not believe our accommodation is suitable for under 18's and will only accommodate 16-17 year olds if supported by a Social Worker and there is no alternative.
All allocations are made in accordance with our Referral, Selection and Allocations Policy.
Two houses each provide single room accommodation for eight men and women, with two live-in staff.
The accommodation is designed to be temporary. Most residents have moved on within 12 months stay with a maximum stay of 2 years. Staff work with residents to assess their needs and will assist them in accessing services that they need, including move-on accommodation. Residents must be prepared to work with staff to address any perceived needs.
Residents are expected to assist with cooking, shopping, and cleaning of communal areas.
Some houses can accommodate a resident with a dog.
Many residents are referred from our two Short-stay houses, but the Move-on houses will take direct referrals from other agencies.
There are four houses, each accommodating three or four residents. All are designed to assist clients to reach full independence. Residents are required to engage in some form of meaningful activity, whether it be work, volunteering, training or education.
The house and support is designed to help residents prepare for managing their own tenancy.
Visiting staff members provides low level of support.
One ten bed project takes ex-offenders only. Referrals are made directly by the prison, probation service or other services supporting ex-offenders. All residents are required to be engaged in work, or other meaningful activity at least three days a week.
One Long-stay house is run as a community house with single rooms for eight residents in central Cambridge.
The client group tend to be older (over 50), but younger will be accommodated if the environment is suitable of the individual.
The house is a settled community providing a supported environment for individuals who are unlikely to want to live independently.
Controlled Drinking Project
Cambridge Cyrenians Controlled Drinking Project offers supported accommodation to men and women who are unable to maintain alternative accommodation because of difficulties relating to their alcohol consumption.
The project does not require that residents make any prior commitment to stop drinking alcohol. Instead the project uses a model of 'harm minimisation'. Individual 'drink plans' are agreed with residents to stabilise their alcohol consumption, and to reduce the harm caused by heavy drinking.
16 supported bed-sits are provided in two adjacent properties.
These houses are for individuals who would find it difficult, or do not wish to live totally independently. Requiring a degree of self-sufficiency, residents are provided with a low level of support. Apart from electricity, all bills are included in the rent.
The client group is predominantly over 40