We are drug and alcohol tolerant because we do not believe that addiction should be a barrier to housing.
Whilst not all of our residents suffer from substance addiction, we are committed to not discriminating against people who are in entrenched addiction and substance abuse. Public Health England reported that 41% of those rough sleeping had drug misuse needs, and 42% had alcohol misuse needs, demonstrating that it is not possible to ignore this issue when striving to tackle homelessness.
We provide a roof over people’s heads regardless of their current condition. Addiction is more than a mere physical affliction or a free choice. We appreciate the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of it as a whole and that often addiction has its roots in people’s earliest life experiences over which they have no control.
We will not refuse someone housing solely because of their substance use and would only do so if there was unacceptable antisocial behaviour related to their use, or after determining that it would be or has become detrimental for them to be in a drugs and alcohol tolerant environment. We work very closely with the police, the Cornwall Drug and Alcohol Team (DAAT) and the local community to house people safely and ensure our unique tolerance policy is appropriate, timely and safe.
Further, we operate a harm-reduction attitude and require residents with substance abuse issues to engage in counselling with one of our support workers or with a specific drug worker, as well as seeing the nurse for health-checks. We are always working in partnership with other agencies delivering these services in order to give these individuals the best possible chance of improving their situation.