H4 Hospital is a project delivered by local charity H3 (Helping the Homeless into Housing), working in partnership with Stockport Homes. It supports people in hospital who are at risk of becoming homeless when they leave. For those who already are homeless, such as people living in temporary accommodation, it also provides health advice and support.
In its first year H4 Hospital has supported over 50 people leaving hospital, and over 100 people in the community to manage their health needs. This has even included one person who had an ‘ASBO’ banning them from some health services! Since starting, no one supported by the project has faced being discharged to no fixed abode, or remaining in hospital longer than they needed to.
One beneficiary has said of the programme:
I have been extremely lucky to have been supported by the H4 project after becoming homeless. The team found me temporary accommodation and are now helping me with day to day life to try and ensure that I reach the goals that I have been able to set with them. I can honestly say that I would be in a very different and lesser position if it was not for the work that this charity is providing.
For more information on H3 and their various projects, including this one, please visit www.h-3.org.uk