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Live-in Supported Housing

In Bristol we run temporary, live-in supported housing projects for young people, aged 16 – 21 years old. Both of these are high support services, which means they are staffed 24 hours and offer intensive one to one support:

Both services offer:

  • A safe, secure and welcoming environment
  • Partially self-contained accommodation
  • Accessible accommodation
  • Staff on site 24 hours
  • A named support worker to help young people develop skills and independence
  • Education, employment and training support
  • Access to specialist services such as mental health, drug and alcohol, mediation
  • Help with moving on to more independent accommodation

The expected average length of stay is:

  • St Georges House – Level 1, emergency high support accommodation – 3 months
  • Bristol Foyer – Level 2, high support accommodation – 6 months

To live with us, a young person must be willing to:

  • Meet with our support workers regularly
  • Stick to the rules 
  • Stay with us at least five nights per week
  • Consider signing up for education, training or voluntary work

How to apply

If you are homeless now or about to be read our Housing Advice  pages.

We can only house people who are on the Bristol Housing Support Register.

How to get on the Housing Support Register

The register tells us who is chosen and referred to us and their housing priority status (how urgent it is).
We can help young people complete an Online Referral Form (ORF) or they can do it with the Bristol City Council’s  Housing Advice Team (opens in a new window). Please see Bristol City Council’s web site for more information on the Housing Support Register (opens in a new window) or contact us to talk to someone about registering. We cannot promise that a young person will be referred to us even if we help them register. It may be that they are better suited to another service.

The Council Housing Advice Team assesses the housing priority of the young person and adds them to the register. If they are referred to us, we invite the young person for an interview and assessment of their needs. All our support staff are experienced youth workers.
If we think Independent People is not the right service for them, we tell them why in person and in a letter and let them know what their options are for alternative support.


All contents copyright© 2013. 1625 Independent People is a charity and a registered society (Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, reg: 23964R exempt from registration with the Charity Commission). Registered office: Kingsley Hall, 59 Old Market Street, Bristol, BS2 0ER. Created & Managed By Solsoft