Already the first days of life on the street have a devastating effect on personality. The project Roof First gives a helping hand to people who have lost their housing. Roof First provides housing in dormitories and shelters for up to two months. Allowing them to reach up to two months free accommodation in dormitories and shelters. It also provides the support of professionals who help homeless people in the process of looking for permanent housing, regaining missing documents, arranging for government support and searching for a job. New facilities and support of professionals to enable them to breathe again and assistance in finding housing, getting the missing documents, social benefits and job search.
Each newcomer has the opportunity to complete two steps:
- 1. One month housing, free of charge.
- 2. Second month of free housing when necessary.
The project is designed for those who:
- just found themselves on the street or are motivated to get off the street,
- they are in a stressful situation where continuing to live on the street can cause harm.
Getting a second month depends on the assessment of the social worker. The prerequisite is a willingness to cooperate on the part of the client. Social worker meets with the client as needed, at least once a week. Chance of reintegration into the project is available to clients who did not initially take advantage of the accommodation.
All the collected funds go to client's accommodation. We provide monthly updates with the status of incoming and outgoing funds and the number of supported clients. Operating costs of the project shall be paid for by The Committee of Good Will - Olga Havel Foundation, Vojtěch Sedláček and FOUNDATION NADĚJE.
Development of Project
The positive experience with the Roof First project in Prague resulted in interest from other towns. First joined Litomerice, where in a local shelter the city is already housing first client and the two families. The project has already been working in Jablonec nad Nisou, Liberec, Plzeň, Písek and Klášterec nad Ohří. Help is provided to both individuals and entire families. We intend to further expand the project, such as a full-time living in shelters or in the homes with the support of a social worker.
The other good news is: Centrum sociálních služeb Bohuslava Bureše, which is run by Salvation Army in Prague has been actively involved since July 2016. Then joined R-mosty from Mladá Boleslav with a shelter for mothers with children and in the beginning of August joined Dům sv. Pavla run by Městská Charita České Budějovice.
- Vojtěch Sedláček received for the project Roof First VIA BONA prize in the category Opening of New Routes.
The project is implemented
Patron and initiator of the project is Vojtěch Sedláček.
Administration of project provided by The Committee of Good Will - Olga Havel Foundation.
Until 31.12.2017, the project was implemented by FOUNDATION NADĚJE.
"A person on the street without resources is always somehow wounded, from the social point of view even seriously wounded. It is surprising how often a relatively small help can stop people from failing into permanent homelessness, and help them stand on their own feet."
- Vojtěch Sedláček