Preventing homelessness in Reading

Providing homes

Launchpad aims to break the cycle of homelessness by providing both temporary and long-term homes for those who don’t have a clean, safe and stable place to live.

Supported housing

We provide and maintain temporary accommodation across Reading for up to 100 people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless – and combine this with individual, targeted support to get our clients’ lives back on track.

Our supported housing is for six to twelve months and, during this time, each client works through a personalised support plan with their allocated supported housing officer. The work we do with our supported housing clients aims to tackle the issues that are holding them back, so they can obtain and sustain more permanent housing, and live independently.

When someone has a stable, clean and safe home, it’s easier to provide regular and effective support for issues such as mental health problems and substance misuse, or to break the cycle of re-offending. For our clients, housing with support is a lifeline and the day they move into one of our properties can often be a turning point for them.

Our work with other agencies and community groups such as St Mungo’s, The Salvation Army, the Probation Service and iRiS also makes sure residents are given wrap-around support and the best opportunity to turn their life around.

Long-term homes

Spiralling rents, welfare cuts and a lack of social housing mean many people are left without a stable, safe and clean place to live – which is why Launchpad offers a number of homes to rent in Reading to provide affordable, sustainable and long-term accommodation for those in housing need.

Our long-term homes are for ten single people and two families – and are allocated to people who have been supported by Launchpad and are now able to live independently and without our specialist help, or those in housing need.

Launchpad opened five brand new flats in Reading in January 2019, after purchasing land and building accommodation. Each flat is part furnished and consists of a bedroom, bathroom, open plan sitting room, kitchen and dining area, as well as solar panels and triple glazing.

Funding to help build the flats was raised by major donors, donations from trusts and members of the Reading community. Haslams Estate Agent held a gala ball in 2017, raising a magnificent £100,000, while one couple, who wishes to remain anonymous, donated a staggering £125,000.

Over the next five years we will be looking for further viable opportunities to purchase land in order to build homes. If you are interested in supporting our work please do get in touch.

Moving on

Launchpad’s aim for every client is for them to find and keep a clean, safe and stable home where they can manage a long-term tenancy and live a full life.

Sometimes clients need extra help to step away from our services, move into the community and no longer rely on our support. Funded by Reading Borough Council, our dedicated Move On Coordinator focuses on resettling supported housing clients who are struggling to take that next step and achieve independence.