The Chrysalis Project - a partnership between London Borough of Lambeth, St Mungo's and Commonweal Housing - provides housing and support for women who are homeless and have experienced trauma, abuse and sexual exploitation.
The service offers 31 beds for women referred into the Project through the SNAP/Lambeth Housing team. Once safely housed, staff support women to identify and work towards achieving their long-term aspirations and making positive changes in their lives.
While the focus is on encouraging a person to be open and ready for change, the Project asks that each woman actively works with staff towards her own long term recovery ambitions. Each woman has a personal assessment and then a 'pathway' of support as she builds up her own self-esteem, resilience, optimism and freedom from any substance dependency.
As part of the Chrysalis Project, St Mungo's has entered into an innovative partnership with Commonweal Housing. Commonweal is a housing charity that uses its resources to find new and role model housing based solutions to different forms of social injustice; testing and evaluating these solutions and promoting successes to achieve wider replication.. Commonweal Housing has provided a mix of self-contained flats so that women can progress and move on during their time within the Project.