The Karis Project provides supported accommodation for young women, aged 16 to 25, who have been homeless or at risk of homelessness and who have a pre-school child/children or who are pregnant. The Karis Project offers temporary, semi-independent accommodation and each family is allocated their own two or three bedroom house. Residents are assigned a primary Project Worker with whom they are required to attend at least weekly support sessions. Staff are based in an office on the estate during office hours Monday to Friday and there is an emergency on call system in place out of hours.
The women at the project are in need of housing for a range of reasons: they may have been asked to leave their parental home; be fleeing domestic violence; experienced relationship breakdown; or their previous tenancy may have been unsuitable. The support is tailored to each resident with the aim that by the time they leave they will have the skills and confidence to successfully maintain their own tenancy. Karis provides housing related support as well as supporting engagement with other services. Staff work with each resident to help them to identify individual needs and aspirations through outcome-focused support planning.
Referrals to Karis Project are made through Gateshead Housing Options Portal. The support needs of service users should be low to medium rather than high as there is not 24-hour onsite support. If you know a young person who needs help, anyone can make a referral to the Portal. The Portal Referral form can be accessed by contacting the Housing Options team (0191 433 3174) and should be marked for Karis Project.