Must be aged 18 years or above; and b. have identification (or provide a reasonable expectation that it can be obtained) to show proof of; i. Social security benefits (for example a letter from the Job Centre) ii. Identify (for example your National Insurance card or a passport or driving licence).
We accept people with; a. Addictions (drug, alcohol, gambling for example) and we operate a risk reduction approach that encourages access to treatment. This is a dry hostel.
In pre-agreed circumstances; We could accept people who do not have recourse to Public Funds and who therefore cannot claim benefits. They require liaison and discussion between a referral agency and St Paul’s Staff before a Service Referral is made. A Senior Manager makes every decision in these cases. The authority to decide is never delegated. Small pets such as snakes, canaries and gold fish can be brought but we must agree this before we accept into Service. This is because we must be certain they will be adequately cared for.
In very exceptional circumstances and only after we have considered the risks to others and our buildings and implemented appropriate measures to reduce the risk of harm then we may consider; a. Allowing dogs. b. People who have been convicted of arson or have attempted arson. We do not ever accommodate females after their 5th month of pregnancy but will work with Local Housing Teams to provide alternative accommodation.
There is no requirement to have a local connection with Worcestershire to access our hostel but this may constrain your options to Service Exit and move into a locally provided social housing.