St James House

Make Room in your Life...For your Life!!

St James House is a ‘third stage’ residential resource, which opened in June 1999.

It offers supported housing for people with a history of homelessness who have experienced First Stage and Second Stage treatment for addiction and who are maintaining abstinence. In exceptional circumstances individuals may be accepted who have not completed primary and secondary treatment.

The House provides support for people who are in recovery from a substance dependency. 10 bed-sits are available with shared kitchen, dining and laundry areas. Residents are expected to take part in 1 group per week and to work collaboratively to acquire the support to meet their needs. Individual Counselling is provided as required.

Tenancies are available for 12 - 24 months. Tenancy agreements will include a clause insisting on abstinence from all mood-altering substances. Tenants will be expected to take individual responsibility for their own bedsit accommodation and     also collective responsibility for communal areas.

Service aim:

The main aim is to provide good quality accommodation, support and ongoing treatment to single people who are in recovery from addiction.

The Objectives are:

  • To provide good quality accommodation that is safe and supportive.
  • To provide a flexible and appropriate level of support to enable tenants to maintain their tenancy and progressively develop a settled way of life.
  • To work with tenants to recognise and support their abstinent lifestyle.
  • To encourage and assist tenants to address their own primary health needs.
  • To enable tenants to acquire and develop life and social skills necessary to manage their own tenancies.
  • To encourage and assist tenants to develop social networks through active day programmes and to access community resources.
  • To encourage tenants to seek voluntary work as and when appropriate.
  • To enable tenants to explore move-on options when they are ready.
  • Residents will receive counselling as required and there is a commitment to attend the weekly group session.

Housing costs are met by claiming Housing Benefit and Support Costs are met through a Supporting People contract. Residents pay a weekly service charge as a contribution to rental costs.