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Moulton College donates furniture to help former rough sleepers in Northampton

Friday 23 September 2022

Moulton College has donated furniture items to Northampton Partnership Homes (NPH), to help furnish properties for former rough sleepers to move into.

The furniture came from a property on the College’s Moulton campus which had been occupied by a staff member. The furniture was no longer needed, and so a member of the College’s team suggested donating the items, including white goods, sofas, beds, crockery, and kitchen utensils to NPH. NPH was delighted to be approached by Moulton College, and gladly accepted the donations to help furnish dedicated homes for the formerly homeless people it is supporting.

Michael Putman, director of facilities management at Moulton College said:

“The property was recently vacated, and we needed to clear the furniture out before re-letting it. The furnishings were all in a nearly new condition, and it seemed like a shame to throw it away. So one of our team suggested we get in touch with Northampton Partnership Homes to see if they could make use of it.”

“We’re delighted that NPH has been able to kit out two homes with the furniture as part of their mission to house local people in need of accommodation.”

The items have been used to furnish two properties which have been bought and are managed by NPH to house people through the Rough Sleeper Accommodation Project (RSAP). The properties are designed specifically for the needs of those moving in, and have everything the new resident needs, meaning they can be warm and comfortable from the day they move in.

James Clarke, area team leader at NPH said:

“We want to say a huge thank you to Moulton College for their generous donation. Everyone deserves a safe place to call home, and this furniture will help us make sure the new residents have the items they need to make their new house a home. This is important to us as it gives the residents the best chance of being able to engage with the support our team offers.”

After being homeless for a long time, moving into your own home can be a difficult transition, so the support goes beyond just finding a home. Once the resident has moved into their home, NPH’s support officer works with them to gain the skills needed to maintain their tenancy, including money management, setting up bills and cooking. This help is ongoing for two years, and it is hoped at the end of this time, residents will be able to move into a new property and live independently on a secure tenancy.

Northampton Partnership Homes is a not-for-profit arms-length management organisation (ALMO) that is responsible for the management of West Northamptonshire Council’s housing services across Northampton.

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