EASL's experienced practitioners provide specialist mental health support to the following projects within Thames Reach:
Sustaining Tenancies Accommodation & Resettlement (STAR) is a four-year project run by Thames Reach in partnership with Shelter, St Mungo’s, and Stonewall Housing. It operates across the capital to help people sleeping rough or in danger of becoming homeless.
Thames Reach’s role is to deliver face-to-face support to people with complex needs, including those in rough sleeping hotspots, and to those at risk of losing their tenancy due to anti-social behaviour, poor mental health, or drug and alcohol issues.
Through STAR, service users are able to access training and employment, and improve their physical and mental health.
The Safe Connections service works alongside other outreach teams in London to find alternative solutions for people who are unwilling or unable to access normal rough sleeping services in the area where they are bedded down.
Safe Connections support people who are sleeping rough to find accommodation in a new area where they feel safe and are able to leave rough sleeping behind.
The service helps to reconnect people to accommodation in the new area, identifying any rights to social housing that they may have, or an alternative if they don’t have any.
The Thames Reach SIB (Social Impact Bond) service works with entrenched rough sleepers who have been on the streets for years and for whom other initiatives and forms of engagement have not worked.
Being deeply entrenched, more traditional outreach interventions are not effective. This service puts a special emphasis on engagement and building trust, working with people from the streets into temporary accommodation and then on to secure accommodation and into employment or volunteering.