HAIL marks two-year anniversary of its mental health tenancy support service in Wicklow

By hailadmin
Monday, 18th July 2022
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HAIL is marking the two-year anniversary of its Mental Health Tenancy Sustainment Service in Wicklow.

The Mental Health Tenancy Sustainment Service provides support to people with mental health difficulties who are living in private rented accommodation or Local Authority housing and are at risk of losing their tenancy and becoming homeless. The Service was introduced in June 2020 in partnership with the HSE and Wicklow County Council.

Commenting, CEO of HAIL Martina Smith, said: “HAIL’s mission is to provide quality housing and individually tailored services to support tenants and clients, primarily those with mental health difficulties, to integrate and live independent lives in the community.

“People with enduring mental health difficulties such as schizophrenia, bipolar or depression are at increased risk of experiencing homelessness. Therefore, we are pleased with the positive impact the Mental Health Tenancy Sustainment Service is having in Wicklow in helping people who have mental health difficulties maintain their tenancies and avoid homelessness. In 2021, 30 clients were referred for our supports.

“As part of the Service, HAIL works with clients and their mental health teams to help them address issues which are affecting their tenancy. Our support workers visit clients in their home and provide practical support on household budgeting, paying bills on time, maintaining links with family and friends and pursuing employment and education opportunities. This level of support helps clients manage their homes better and live independently.

“The Mental Health Tenancy Sustainment Service operates between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. We would encourage anyone interested in finding out more about the Service to call us on 01-6718444 or visit www.hail.ie for more information. HAIL would like to thank the HSE and Wicklow County Council who fund this important service.”