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HARP - Acorn Supported Housing

Who is the project for?

Who do we help?

Single homeless people with low support needs who by accessing the service have the willingness and desire to improve their educational and vocational prospects to aid move on within 1-2 years. Must have a local connection to Southend.

Who we cannot help

History of arson. History of violence. Sex offenders.



Minimum age accepted


Maximum age accepted


How to get a referral

Referral agencies

Access to Acorn Supported Housing accommodation is through the Southend Access Gateway referral panel, which can be contacted on 0845 6027895 – this multi-agency panel reviews the needs and aspirations of all potential applicants and matches potential residents to supported housing providers. The Access Gateway Referral Panel uses the following criteria to determine whether an applicant is eligible to be considered for housing: Local Connection.

Referral procedure

All referrals go through Southend Council's Accommodation Panel for people who are homeless and have a local connection. If accepted for interview proof of ID, e.g. NI card, birth certificate, driving licence, bank statement, benefits letter, will be required.

Length of stay

Minimum stay


Maximum stay

2 Years

Support and accommodation

Support offered

3 full time staff. Emergency on-call system. One to one keywork sessions. In-house tenancy sustainment programme. Support with building independent living skills, advice on further and vocational educational education, volunteering and work experience.

Total spaces


Further information

Public transport

Southend Central train station - 20 minutes walk. Bus station 5 minutes walk.