Statement from York Road Project: Friday 18th June

York Road Project (YRP) is a Woking based Charity which has been supporting clients for over 20 years. We would like to assure the community that every level of care and consideration goes into all the properties that we manage. For a number of years we have had several houses in the Woking area, all of which have had tenants living in them . Our tenants live peacefully within their community.    

Many of those we work with have lost jobs and homes due to relationship breakdowns and have found themselves turning to us for help. We want to make sure that everyone has the right to a home irrespective of their pasts. We work with all of our clients to support them to find work. Our clients are eager to get back to employment, which we greatly encourage.   

As an organisation we do not judge those we work with, we work in a holistic way to try and understand our clients and the reasons why they have become homeless.  We have an amazing team of staff who work to support and help clients transition through our properties. The end goal is that they leave our services when they are ready and move into their own accommodation.  

There are clients that we have worked with who have struggled with addiction, past trauma and have rough slept on and off for years. With support from us and the community they now live independently in their own homes, sustaining jobs and having meaningful relationships.   

The pandemic has seen many people who previously would never have thought themselves homeless come through our doors. There is a terrible stigma around the type of people we support but the reality is that many of our clients have had good jobs, and good relationships but have fallen on hard times and struggled to cope.   

We are always mindful of the area where we have our properties, and we hope to form good relationships within the areas we live. We are mindful that there are concerns from the community about who we place there. We can again assure them we have a rigorous referral process in place and make sure that those clients who are successful are best suited to that property.    

We continue to support those we place in our properties and have Tenancy Support Officers who regularly meet with the tenants, supporting them to integrate into their new surroundings.    

We maintain the upkeep of all our properties and have yearly audits which include risk assessments, fire risk assessments and tenants are encouraged to be involved with the upkeep of the gardens.

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York Road Project is a registered charity in England and Wales #1162835 at 1 York Road, Woking GU22 7XH Text to donate services provided by Donr, to stop monthly text giving, simply text: STOP to 70085.
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