Our community-based tenancy support services help people who may be at risk of homelessness to maintain their own tenancies and continue to live independently. In 2019-20, we supported 1,353 people to sustain their housing in the community. These services work with people facing a wide range of challenges, from debt and rent arrears to poor mental health, physical health problems, alcohol and drug addiction or offending.
Providing the right support at the right time can be crucial in preventing these issues from escalating and leading ultimately to homelessness. Our tenancy sustainment work can range from practical help with money management to intensive support with complex problems such as hoarding. But our work does not stop there. We also empower people to take more control of their lives, equipping them with vital skills and building on their personal strengths to stop problems from reoccuring or escalating. Our services assist with everything from registering with GPs and attending hospital appointments to accessing education, training and employment, and include specialist support for particularly vulnerable groups or for people who are going through a difficult transition in their lives.
We also provide community-based support to refugees in Waltham Forest and Lambeth who have come to the UK as part of the Government's Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. Our Resettlement team works with the families from the day they arrive in the UK, linking them up to services and providing housing support and language lessons, so they can lead fulfilling lives in the UK. To date, including an earlier resettlement scheme in Lewisham, we have supported 46 families to live in the UK.
In addition to our adult services, we also provide community-based support for Young People who may be vulnerable or at risk of homelessness, so that they can build and maintain their wellbeing and independence.