Changing Lives is supporting a pioneering partnership between Sunderland council and South Tyneside council to combat homelessness in the region.

The two councils have collaboratively been awarded £376,000 from the Government’s Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Homelessness Prevention Fund, which will be used to provide targeted help and support to people temporarily without a home who may face having to sleep rough as a result.

Changing Lives will be delivering outreach support in this initiative, building upon their existing offer in the Sunderland and South Tyneside areas. Changing Lives will:

  • help to identify and engage with people sleeping rough, with the aim of reducing cyclical homelessness
  • support people who are homeless to access partnership services to encourage recovery and resilience
  • offer a housing-first approach to support some of the most entrenched and disadvantaged homeless individuals
  • assist people to become stable, integrated and thriving members of the community.
Dated: 01/03/2017. Helen Aitchison (centre) and her staff from Changing-Lives for the launch of a cross-council partnership helping to prevent vulnerable people from becoming homeless. See Sunderland Council Press release. #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia

Changing Lives’ Sunderland team are based in Hendon. They’ll be supporting Sunderland and South Tyneside councils in the new partnership to help people who are homeless in the region.


Chief executive of Changing Lives, Stephen Bell, said:

“We are delighted to be delivering this service with our partners in the local authority. 

“The funding represents an innovative partnership across authorities which provide vital support to the homeless.

“Credit to Sunderland and South Tyneside for getting together and supporting a pioneering way of housing rough sleepers through our partnership model of ‘housing first’ for some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”

Councillor Miller added:

“The policy and practice of the homelessness and supported housing sector helps transform the lives of the most vulnerable people in our society, and this sector will continue to lead on innovative initiatives and campaign for policy changes that have a lasting impact.”