Fife organisation’s homelessness and unemployment initiative poised for expansion

KINGDOM Housing Association has announced that its Naumann Initiative, which aims to help break the cycle of homelessness and unemployment, has been adopted by PA Housing.

The Naumann Initiative works by offering a homeless person a job and a home as well as support with any complex needs or barriers to sustaining their tenancy.

PA Housing, based in Leicester, is the first association to adopt the model, which was developed by Kingdom and builds on the Housing First concept.

Andrew Latto, Kingdom’s interim director of HR said, “I’m delighted that PA Housing are taking forward their own version of the Naumann Initiative and am confident that they’ll have the same success that we have had at Kingdom. Good work brings a sense of purpose, of belonging, of social connection and of self worth which, during these trying times, are important to us all but especially people making the transition from homelessness. We at Kingdom remain more than willing to lend our knowledge and experience to our colleagues at PA or any other organisation who would like to take a similar initiative forward.”

Simon Hatchman, executive director of resources at PA Housing added, “We’re very excited to be starting this project at PA Housing and hope that we can do a lot of great things for those in need. I’m passionate that as a housing provider we should do more than simply provide homes and am looking forward to seeing the impact we can have.”

Two members of staff have been recruited at Kingdom through the initiative, which is named after Laurie Naumann, a founding member of Kingdom Housing Association and its current vice-chair. There are plans to develop the project further.