Prison Link Cymru
Prison Link Cymru (PLC) delivers a national homelessness prevention service at the point of entry into custody, to reduce the numbers of prisoners losing their homes.
Following the introduction of the Housing Act (Wales) 2014, and the development of the Welsh Government Prisoner Pathway, PLC worked closely with prisoners, resettlement teams and local authorities to remodel services to find creative solutions to meet urgent homelessness prevention needs.
PLC provides housing and homelessness prevention advice and support to prisoners entering prison who have existing accommodation, which may or may not continue to be available to them upon release. Assistance is also made available to prisoners who encounter housing issues during their sentences.
PLC is a national service covering the whole of Wales, and is a joint initiative with Pobl. Shelter Cymru provides the service across the 6 North Wales local authorities and North Powys, with Pobl providing the service across the rest of Wales. The service is funded by the Welsh Government Homelessness Prevention Grant.
How does Prison Link Cymru work?
The project works with prisons across Wales and North West England which accommodate Welsh prisoners. This includes HMP’s Berywn, Altcourse, Styal, Cardiff, Swansea, Bridgend and Eastwood Park. Clients referred may be serving prisoners, or those on remand.
PLC staff work closely with the prison Community Resettlement Companies (CRC’s) to ensure those needing help and support are referred into the project as soon as possible. PLC staff are based at some prisons, and visit others on a very regular basis.
As well as the CRC’s, the PLC staff work closely with local authority Housing Options and Homelessness teams across Wales. They also work with supported housing providers, registered social landlords, private rented sector landlords, the Department of Work and Pensions, probation, health services, substance misuse teams and others, as appropriate.
PLC seeks to prevent homelessness for prisoners on remand or serving short sentences who may have accommodation to return to, and to assist with other issues such as ending tenancies appropriately when sentencing means this is inevitable. We work to ensure that clients are assisted to claim housing related or other benefits/payments they may be entitled to, during sentence and upon release. PLC staff will always have the future rehousing of clients at the forefront of any plan for housing assistance.
If you are under 25, take a look at our Prison leavers advice page, specifically put together for young people.
For further information regarding PLC services in North Wales and North Powys, please contact:
Or call 01978 317911