Porchlight - Old Schools Lodge

Referral address

5B New Cross Street

Referral phone


Referral email




Who is the project for?

Who do we help?

Vulnerable homeless adults aged 18 and over, with complex support needs, eg, mental health, substance misuse, trauma, who are also rough sleeping, homeless, at risk of homelessness or impacted by homelessness. - This a service being delivered for people living in Kent. This includes two units to accommodate couples who are experiencing homelessness.

  • Minimum age accepted: 18
  • Maximum age accepted: None

How to get a referral

Referral agencies

Accept self referrals and referrals from any agency.

Referral procedure

Enquiries can be made at any time to the 24 hour helpline (0800 567 7699), however for referrals please call Monday to Friday between 9am – 5pm, if you are unable to do so you can call out of these hours and a scheduled call back will be booked to make a referral. Referrals can also be completed and submitted online, details can be read here: https://www.porchlight.org.uk/commissioners-and-professionals/our-services/housing-and-homelessness-services

Length of stay

  • Minimum stay: None
  • Maximum stay: 2 Years

Support and accommodation

Support offered

Old Schools Lodge is supported 24 hours per day. Concierge staff work during the night time and coaches are available during the day, including weekends. Key working sessions and engagement with staff makes up part of the support agreement and is linked to the tenancies in the projects. These occur with a frequency tailored to the client and can increase / decrease in response to need. We assist people with preparing for independent living, including budget skills, work, health and learning, seeking suitable move on options, maximising income through PIP / Universal credit, and can refer people to counselling, substance misuse support, domestic abuse support and more.

Rooms and charges

  • Bedsit: 12
  • Flat: 7
  • House (for couples) 2
  • Total spaces: 23


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  • Disabled facilities: None.

Rules and policies

User participation


Further information

Public transport

Margate train station within walking distance. Bus stops in walking distance





Is this page accurate?

If you work for Porchlight - Old Schools Lodge and would like to tell us about any of this information that needs updating please email the Homeless Link Information team. Please note this email address does not contact the service listed above so do not use it if you are looking for help or advice. 

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