The Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership Project Erasmus+ ‘Training for Housing Support Workers’ in short “TrainHouse” united organizations working with homeless people in the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Spain and the United Kingdom. The project aimed to develop training materials to be used by professional staff, peer support workers and volunteers in supporting homeless people on their way to independent housing. Between 2016 and 2018, the six partners exchanged good practices on supporting homeless people into housing. For the purposes of the guide, the term ’housing’ is defined loosely: in some countries,accommodation services (like temporary hostels) offer studio apartments, often with private bathroom and kitchen facilities, while in others the focus was more on independent housing,whether shared by several people, used by one single person or even a family with children. In all scenarios, the homeless people received additional support to help maintain their tenancies by professional staff, peers and volunteers.
This Guide for Peer Support Workers contains a summary of the common lessons learnt in the project. We hope that other services supporting homeless people into independent living can use this brochure to get new tips and ideas on how to provide help more efficiently, or more creatively.