The Passage takes a pro-active approach to identifying gaps in services for homeless people and doing all that we can to create innovative solutions.
Last summer, we applied for funding for a pilot Homeless Hospital Discharge Project in partnership with The Connection at St Martin’s and West London Mission. The project would prevent homeless people being discharged to the streets, with a special focus on people with long-term and more complex needs who frequently use hospital services.
We were very excited when our application for funding was successful. The project is now up and running, staffed by one manager and three project workers and already, since November, they have worked with over 60 clients at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, St Thomas’ Hospital, and St Mary’s Hospital.
Last week saw the launch of the Pathway Homeless Team to improve the quality of health and social care for homeless people leaving hospitals in the Kings Health Partnership. The Passage is very proud to be a part of this team through our new project, which creates great relationships and productive links between the NHS and the voluntary sector.
One client who worked with the Homeless Hospital Discharge Project recently said that his worker “was very helpful and professional. She accompanied me to Housing Options, advocated on my behalf which took off the pressure from me. She made me feel I was in good hands.”