The most common factor among young adults who re-offend after leaving prison is homelessness or unstable accommodation, as over 50% of released prisoners are unable to return to their previous home.
Finding a home and a job are not the only difficulties faced by young adults leaving prison, all too often they face a cliff edge in support once they reach the prison gate. With a discharge grant of £46 (unchanged since 1995), a travel warrant or fares to their initial destination and being unable to access universal credit for the first five weeks, they often have to deal with:
- Insufficient money to meet basic needs
- Large debts that may have built up during their sentence
- Temptations for alcohol & substance misuse
- Inadequate temporary accommodation or homelessness
- Lack of confidence and low self esteem
- Peer Pressure
- Little or no resettlement support
Our support team will be there to help stop them slipping through the net. We help our students navigate their way through the first few months of their release by offering practical advice and guidance on:
- Welfare Benefits
- Housing advice
- Money Management
- Debt Problems
- Bank Accounts
- DBS Checks
And for vulnerable and disadvantaged students we can offer them a safe place to live in the AP Foundation House. A fully serviced and supported household, accommodating up to 12 trainees, where they can stay for a maximum of three months while we get them back on their feet and into independent housing.
All students of the 5-step pathway will also become members of the AP Foundation’s ALUMNI Network, designed to help them overcome the challenges of life on the outside. As members they can join the APF Alumni Network social media platform where they can keep up-to-date with job opportunities, stay in touch with fellow students, share their experiences and find practical advice and encouragement from fellow ex-offenders, as well as attend talks, presentations and skills workshops, or they can simply drop in to one of our regular monthly social events.
APF Housing.com are currently in the process of developing a unique and exciting platform that has been specifically designed for landlords that wish to rent their properties for social care use. Since 2019, we have been working with landlords, local authorities and social care agencies regulated by the Care Quality Commission.
For many young people, the transition to independent living is not only a difficult journey but the resources are also limited to enable this. We work with vulnerable young people, young offenders and care leavers from local authority care and support.
Our service offers bridging as well as long-term accommodation in order to meet a variety of housing support needs. All our tenants are supported by fully trained key workers during their stay.
In addition, all properties and their contents, are insured and maintained by the agencies involved. Accommodation standards will be regulated and maintained in accordance with compliance and statutory regulations.
As a care service provider, we have an online brokerage officer. Our main function is to connect responsible landlords with registered care providers. Our metasearch engine hosts hundreds of good quality, fully furnished properties from landlords that wish to rent within this sector on a short or long-term basis. This platform offers the landlord an opportunity of long term security and higher financial returns as opposed to those available through traditional estate agents and Airbnb-style sites.
Our mission is to be a force for positive change to enable better outcomes for vulnerable young people, care leavers and young offenders and support local authorities and other civil services in their commitment and mission to providing a Good standard of care to service users who they support.