Housing & Support

GIPSIL provides housing and support across Leeds to enable people to live in their own homes. We provide specific services to young people, care leavers and vulnerable adults.

FLAGSHIP

FLAGSHIP is a partnership of GIPSIL, Foundation and Leeds Housing Concern. We provide support for people aged 16 – 24 with a housing need: single people, couples & young families

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Leaving Care Team

GIPSIL’s Leaving Care Team supports over 60 young people city wide both in trainer flats and through resettlement and visiting support

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Engage Leeds

Engage Leeds is a partnership between GIPSIL, Barca-Leeds, Connect Housing and Riverside Housing. We provide advice and housing support to over 1500 households across Leeds.

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What We Do

In all our services we take a restorative, person-centred approach, working with people to meet their needs and develop their strengths

Triage Interventions

Triage interventions are to address immediate issues which are making people vulnerable to losing their home. The aim is to prevent people from becoming homeless, or requiring a longer-term support service. This can include:

  • Advice: around benefits, money management, tenancy law
  • Mediation: between families, or landlords and tenants
  • Signposting: to specialist advice and support services
  • More about GIPSIL Advice Service

Pre Tenancy Advice and Support

Pre Tenancy Advice and Support ensures an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of being a tenant, and helps prepare a young person for independent living. Covering the following topics:

  • Housing options & positive transitions
  • Know your community
  • Tenancy agreements
  • Tenancy management
  • Welfare benefits
  • Bills & utilities
  • Staying safe & being healthy
  • Recycling, energy saving, saving money
  • Protection from abuse
  • Respect your community
  • Sexual health & contraception

Trainer Flats

GIPSIL provides over 70 trainer flats as supported housing for young people, including Care Leavers. These are allocated on six-month Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs). An individual resettlement plan is drawn up with each young person as part of their support plan. While living in the trainer flat, the young person will receive support to develop their independent living skills and to identify suitable longer term move-on accommodation. This will include assisting young people with understanding the housing options available to them, particularly in the light of current and future benefit restrictions.
It will also ensure that young people moving out of trainer flats into unfurnished accommodation are able to access essential items of furniture and that all young people moving on either access local welfare assistance or receive a starter pack of essential items e.g. crockery, cutlery, bedding etc. To maximise the potential for effective long term resettlement we will begin work to link young people with ongoing sources of support in the community where they will be rehoused.

Resettlement Support

We offer ongoing resettlement (or floating) support to young people who have moved on from GIPSIL trainer flats into local authority, housing association or private sector tenancies. This includes managing the transition from furnished to unfurnished accommodation; establishing yourself in your new home and community; and support to access and sustain employment, education and training.
Resettlement support is usually for up to 12 months, although this is flexible: a young person may feel ready to withdraw from support sooner, but can still access GIPSIL services again if they face unexpected obstacles or problems.

Visiting Support

Visiting Support is offered when individuals or families already have accommodation – be it rented or owned – but are struggling to maintain their housing situation for any number of reasons, including physical and mental health; financial concerns; and isolation.
Visiting Support is usually for up to 12 months, but is flexible to meet individual circumstances. As with Resettlement Support, a person or family may feel ready to withdraw from support sooner, but they can still access GIPSIL services again if they face unexpected obstacles or problems.
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