What is Beacon Housing?

We have developed Beacon Housing to provide supported housing to help men at risk of becoming homeless. It has been set up in partnership with Green Pastures, who have a vision to eliminate homelessness in our nation.

Green Pastures has been running as a charity for some 20 years and are  supporting/housing 1,132 people at present. Individuals invest with them, they use this money to purchase properties and cover all legal requirements. They also provide a liaison worker to support each organisation.  The property is then leased to us. Residents claim housing benefit which, because of the support they receive, covers property related costs, including the lease.

We offer rooms in this property to single men up to 35 years old. Each resident has a minimum of 3 hours of support each week, helped by a range of people offering their time and skills to the residents. There is a referral system and interview process. We have volunteers who cover maintenance of the property, doing this with the residents to build skills and friendship. We have other team members who provide help with finding employment, budgeting, benefits, life skills etc.

Newsletters

Please open or download our recent Beacon Housing newsletters:

How Can You Help?

  1. If you know of a young man who could benefit from this project, talk to Simon and Ann Waters or e-mail housing@beaconchurchhavant.org.uk
  2. If you would like to support the house, whether it is by helping in the house for an hour or so a week, with the administration, or with the upkeep of the house, again please talk to us or email as above.
  3. We also need to have 10 “Good Samaritans”, superstars who will support the core costs of Green Pastures by donating at least £5 a month. Prayer is free and we could do with lots of that too!! Click here for more info.

Thank you.

Latest Update…

Our four residents are very settled and we now count them as friends. The team has had to reduce in size due to the COVID lockdown. Those who are less vulnerable have taken over the roles of others. Aaron at the Acorn Centre has taken over the budgeting sessions and we are looking at working with CAP (Christians Against Poverty) to further develop this.

Over these first six months we have recognised that poor mental health is one of the biggest difficulties that many people face. We are exploring various avenues of support and help with the hope of creating an effective, life changing support system. We would hope to use this both in Beacon Housing and beyond.

Earlier Update…

From an empty shell to a vibrant home; what a change we’ve seen! There are now four residents in the house. A wall has been moved, rooms painted, smoke and heat detectors fitted, fire doors trimmed and mounted, furniture obtained (much of it donated) and  internet set up.

A huge thanks to all who have got stuck in: Janet, Andy, Mark, John & Sarah (Hart Plain Church), Marie, Marcus, Lacey, Alan, Scott, Bea, Margaret, and apologies to any I’ve forgotten. Peter is having regular budgeting sessions with the lads, Scott is getting them involved with the Acorn Centre, Marie is helping with CVs and Ann is helping sort out Housing Benefit. An amazing team!

Please be praying for the house, that it would be a place of healing, a place of community and a place of hope.