day centres and hostels
If you want to stay in this project you cannot apply directly yourself. Look in How to get in below for more information.
Drop in Zone
51-55 South End
020 8760 5530
020 8680 9959
Who the project is for ^ back to top
Young single homeless people aged 16-21, including those with low to medium support needs around independent living skills. Must have a Croydon connection (eg born, lived or been at school in the borough, family or relatives living there).
Will not accept
Young people with dependents. Those with a conviction for serious violence, sexual offences or arson. Those with "an active criminal lifestyle". Those with drug or alcohol dependencies.
How to get in ^ back to top
Accept referrals from any agency via Drop In Zone (details above). Most referrals come from Croydon agencies, including YMCA Croydon and CHAS. Also accept referrals from prison via YOT worker (phone: 020 8404 5834).
Applicants should check website to ensure Drop In Zone is open before calling in to arrange an appointment. Application form. Initial housing advice interview. Further interview if criteria met. May require background information.
No waiting list.
Staffing and support ^ back to top
Staff visit projects a minimum of 2-3 times a week. Care plan, support plan, and keyworking sessions at least monthly. Staff act as advocates, provide informal counselling and help residents access specialist services. Residents expected to participate in planned programme of activities and may move from shared housing to the more independent bedsits and flats.
Access to move-on
Staff help residents with planned move-on following a mutually agreed programme. Provide up to 6 months follow-up support.
Accommodation ^ back to top
150 In 50+ buildings: shared houses, s/c flats and bedsits.
£5.95-£18.59pw required from residents receiving benefits.
|Furnishings||Rooms fully furnished, with washbasins and fridges.|
|Other facilities||Some houses have lounges and gardens.|
Rules and policies ^ back to top
House rules and tenure
Smoking allowed in own rooms only. Assured shorthold tenancy.
Own key, no access restrictions.
Must be accompanied at all times. Can stay overnight with staff permission.
House meetings every 6 weeks covering maintenance, house rules, domestic issues and any problems. Residents' survey carried out every 2 years. Written consultation, feedback and involvement policy.
Volunteering and donations ^ back to top
Accept volunteers. Phone project on 020 8667 0500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Phone project on 020 8667 0500 or email email@example.com for details.
Further information ^ back to top
CAYSH also runs a Supported Lodgings Scheme, for 150 young people aged 16-25 in acute housing need who have a Croydon connection. For more information about the Supported Lodgings Scheme call 020 8683 5173.
Office: Thornton Heath train station - 15 mins walk.