Hope House

Church members are befrienders to tenants of Hope House - which offers a home to formerly homeless people with support from Hope into Action.

Nationally the work of Hope into Action in 2022 was:  

  • Demographics - 352 people housed - Adults 256. Children 96. 30% were refugees, mostly in families. 13 per cent of tenants considered themselves to have a disability.
  • Maintaining Tenancy - 92% -  325 tenants, including children, from 352 remained in HIA properties or moved on well.
  • Abstaining from crime - 90% - 60 tenants had previously served a custodial sentence. Of those 90% did not reoffend. Of the 6 that did offend, we rehoused 4 and supported one through her sentence.
  • Reducing drug and alcohol intake - 89% - Out of 111 tenants who have (had) a relationship with drugs and alcohol, 89% have not become more dependent, have reduced their dependence or become sober.
  • Improved or maintained social relationships  - 91% - 140 tenants felt that they had improved their social relationships and 92 tenants felt that they had maintained positive relationships. An increase of 7% on the previous year. 
  • Improved financial management - 88% - 77% of tenants do not have rent arrears, while a further 6% are actively managing debt. 
  • Physical and Mental Health - 88% - 42% of incoming tenants indicated physical or mental health needs. 88% of these have improved or maintained these over the past year. 5 babies were born to tenants during this period.  
  • Meaningful use of time - 76% - 90 tenants in employment; 106 tenants in education, training or volunteering.  
  • Engaging with faith and spirituality beyond that provided by F&S group - 22% - 16% of tenants attended church at least once a month and 39% asked for or accepted prayer.  22% engage in some form of faith practice. This may include (for example) worshipping at a mosque.