Charity invites bids for homeless PRS scheme
A charity is inviting bids for funding under a £10.8 million scheme to help homeless people secure private rented accommodation.
Crisis, the charity for single homeless people, administers the private rented sector access development programme, a three-year project funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
The scheme aims to break down barriers which prevent homeless people acquiring and keeping tenancies in the private rented sector. It offers advice on finding accommodation, deposits and rent in advance as well as advice on budgeting, housing benefit and bills.
Crisis published a report yesterday showing that in 2011/12, the scheme supported 49 local projects run by voluntary organisations and helped 1,370 people move into the PRS. It currently helps 115 schemes across England.
It is now seeking applications from local voluntary organisations for funding for a further seven schemes in 2013/14, the final year of the project. The deadline for bids is 17 September.
It is hoped that 2,000 people will have been helped to move into the PRS by the time the programme ends in 2014.
Leslie Morphy, chief executive of Crisis, said: ‘We are incredibly proud of the achievements of the PRS access development programme and our local partners in helping more than 1,300 homeless people into decent, sustainable accommodation.
‘We have now expanded the programme and we hope working together to transform the lives of a further 2,000 homeless people in the coming year.’