Solo Housing wants to improve and expand services for homeless people in Diss and surrounding areas
A consultation will be launched to improve and expand services for homeless people in Diss and the wider area.
Solo Housing successfully applied for funds from the National Lottery Community Fund and the Enterprise Development Programme to secure a total of £16,524.
From its base in Victoria Road, the organisation provides 13 beds for the homeless, but cannot always cope with demand.
Chief executive Carolyn Howell MBE said: “On average, we get between 20 to 25 applications for accommodation per month from homeless people which come into our head office in Diss.
“Our plan is to develop our site and services to meet the needs of single, homeless people, many of whom currently sleep in tents, cars, sofa surf or are in temporary accommodation.”
The money could potentially be used for the development of more accommodation and a workshop space for sessions, which would allow users to develop skills.
“While living in these situations, it’s a matter of surviving from day to day and it’s very hard to overcome other issues or plan for a positive future,” said Mrs Howell.
“We aim to find out what needs people have and how we can meet them to help them focus on steps they would like to take towards longer term stability.”
In total, Solo Housing offers 35 beds of supported accommodation in Diss and five general needs flats for single people.
The charity is now launching a consultation process to understand how it can improve and develop its existing resources.
The consultation will begin with a survey, followed by a big breakfast at Hope Church on June 14 for people living in supported or temporary accommodation, or those who are currently homeless, to tell them what resources they need which could be provided in the new development.