Older Homeless Service


Homeless people tend to age more quickly than the general population. Homelessness and hostel living, when combined with old age, can also encourage dependency and reduce self-esteem. It can lead to loss of position, lack of participation and isolation in society, often accelerating physical and mental decline. At the same time older homeless men and women are less demanding of services, require more time to build a relationship of trust and often will need long-term support.

Cambridge Cyrenians Older Homeless Service offers tailored support for individuals over the age of 50 to enable them to move on to more appropriate, often sheltered, accommodation, or to retain their existing accommodation and to prevent any return to homelessness.

The service

  • enables older homeless people to access secure housing
  • offers tailored support that meets the individuals needs and maximises their dignity and independence
  • offers residents greater involvement in decisions about their own care and support
  • makes better use of GP services and reduces hospital admissions and stays because we can offer support to clients in their home, including monitoring clients’ well-being
  • promotes good practice, and encourages the provision of high quality and appropriate services for older homeless people.

Referrals will be accepted from any individual or agency, including self-referrals.

For contact details see Contacts.