‘Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke.’ Isaiah 58.

2017/2018 Outcomes

This year we have grown from 38 houses to 53, opening 15 homes. The total we housed over the course of the year was 191 (including 165 adults and 26 children). This is an increase of over 21% from the previous year where we housed 152 (139 adults and 13 children)!

Maintain tenancy


165 were adults with 26 children (up from 139 and 13 respectively). The increase in children reflects opening 2 more refugee homes for Syrian families and the increased need to house mothers as councils are struggling to cope, especially in Peterborough.  55 people moved on from our homes: 23% of the move-ons went to social housing and 17% into private rental.

Abstain from crime


40 of our tenants had previously served time in custody, that is 24% of our tenants. Only 4 returned to custody. Many of our other 125 adult tenants were at risk to crime, only one of those tenants went into custody.

Reduced their drug intake


57 of our tenants had a previous relationship with hard drugs. That is  35% of all our tenants. Of those 21 have worsened. Many of those we continue to work with on their journey of recovery. This year, also, we have had to cope with new drugs on the market which added a challenge.

Improved social relations with their family


115 of our 165 adult tenants have improved their relationship with their family. We have also kept many families together by giving them a home and, by housing Syrian refugees, we have allowed them to access vital health care unavailable to them in refugee camps.

Volunteered, education or training


79 of our tenants were involved in volunteering education or training. Positive occupation of time helps self-esteem and gives a sense of purpose as well as being recognised as vital in recovery.

Got a job


30 of our tenants this year have found employment and maintained it.

Finance management


Financial management is essential to preventing homelessness and sustaining a tenancy. 88% of our tenants have established or maintained a bank account. 74% are paying their personal charge regularly, with 51% by standing order. 77% are debt free or re-paying debts/arrears.

What is success? Breaking “yokes”?



We want to try and understand, through our work, what breaking ‘every yoke’ means because breaking one alone is rarely enough to release someone from oppression.

We try and measure and monitor our ‘success’ through our ‘outcomes’ (see below) – but before you get to that it is probably worth hearing how one of our tenants defined success because we will never capture them in 7 statistics!:

Success is different for everyone. As far as success goes for the homeless its not as simple as putting a roof over their head because the walk of their life probably has been a difficult and complicated one.

So success can only be measured by an individual at an individuals own pace.

Success could be the healing of an angry emotional wound. It could be learning to love yourself. It could be finding peace. As far as modern society goes it is about being able to hold down a job, abide by the law and be presentable. That is great if life were that simple. But any step in the right direction is a success.


Outcomes from Previous Years

OUTCOME       2015/2016         2016/2017


Maintain tenancy



Abstain from crime



Reduced their drug intake



Improved social relations with family.



Volunteered, education or training



Got a job



Financial Management

36% repaid non-HiA debt

 92% have a bank account,

71% are paying water regularly,

46% by standing order

85% are either addressing arrears they have or are free of rent debts