Saturday, 31 January 2015

Private rented sector access scheme expanded

A scheme that helps single homeless people find accommodation in the private rented sector is to be expanded.

The private rented sector access development programme, which is run by charity Crisis for the Communities and Local Government department, is to be extended by 23 schemes, taking the total to 143.

The charity has allocated £1.2 million of government funding to the 23 organisations, which include charities specialising in work with ex-offenders and young people.

The schemes help single homeless people by working with landlords, covering deposits and upfront rent payments, and giving budgeting advice.

The existing 120 schemes have been set up since January 2010 with £10.8 million and have helped 3,917 people up to the end of 2012. With the additional schemes the aim is to create a further 1,292 tenancies by the end of April 2014.

Leslie Morphy, chief executive of Crisis, said: ‘Challenging conditions in the private rented sector make this work difficult but all the more important as people struggle to make ends meet.’

Housing minister Mark Prisk said: ‘With another 23 areas on board, the scheme is set to help many more single people at risk of homelessness to find and keep the long-term home they need, providing the safety and security to get their lives back on track.’

The 23 new schemes

Organisation nameTown/CityGeneral client groupSpecialist client group
Homeless Action Resource Project (HARP)Southend on SeaSupported housing move-onyoung people and ex-offenders
St Giles TrustLondonSupported housing move-onex-offenders
BroadwayPan londonSupported housing move-onex-offenders
Hope Worldwide (HWW)LondonHomelessness preventionyoung people
CAYSHLondonHomelessness preventionyoung people
St Mungo Community Housing Association LtdLondonHomelessness preventionyoung people
DePaul UKNorth TynesideSupported housing move-onyoung people
Stockton & District Advice & Information ServiceStockton on TeesSupported housing move-onyoung people
Aquila WayGatesheadRough sleepersnone
FoundationHyndburnSupported housing move-onex-offenders
Crewe YMCACreweSupported housing move-onyoung people
Real Lettings SouthPortsmouth and SouthamptonSupported housing move-onex-offenders
Society of St JamesHampshireHomelessness preventionex-offenders
Southdown Housing AssociationWest SussexHomelessness preventionnone
Leatherhead StartMole Valley and Epsom and EwellHomelessness preventionyoung people
Next StepsTandridgeHomelessness preventionyoung people
Shelter The National Campaign for Homeless People LimitedCornwallSupported housing move-onyoung people
Threshold Housing LinkSwindonSupported housing move-onyoung people and ex-offenders
1625 Independent PeopleBristolHomelessness preventionyoung people
EncompassTorridgeHomelessness preventionyoung people
SIFA FiresideSandwellSupported housing move-onex-offenders
FoundationHambletonHomelessness preventionyoung people
Fusion HousingKirkleesHomelessness preventionyoung people

Readers' comments (4)

  • so basicaly the gov and other organisations make it their focus to help those who dont want to help themselves and the taxpayer foots the bill...again. how about an annual tax rebate for people who do currently live in rented or mortgage properties who do try to manage their lives properly and still need help with the bills hmmm??

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  • Christopher Dale

    Your ignorance is simply staggering M G.

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  • St Alban

    Apparently, according to latest opinion polls supporting M G's position, 68% of the voting public are similarly poorly informed Iron Fist - perhaps an IQ qualification should be introduced before people are permitted to vote (but then the Welsh no-vote polling box would become commonplace across the whole UK!)

    More seriously, though, some will use this to call for press restrictions - clearly, the media has been so successful in running the messages politicians politely disown, even though they appear to match their policies, that they must be made to present a more balanced picture. This would be just the argument one would expect, as it would simply compound the propaganda effect. What is needed is a widening platform for the 'minority' press which is more interested in providing fact and news than editorial and views - or at very least has enough space left over from the latest celebrity gossip to actually report some real events.

    Even sources such as IH need to be more careful on their gurgitations for the political will players and the news that they report being clearly identified. Otherwise they risk adding to the general lazy march into genocide that our media seems happily engaged in.

    Meanwhile, hopefully M G will gain some understanding of how all is not how it may be presented, and that the majority of those dependent upon welfare are actually working hard and long hours for poverty pay.

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  • A lot of money spent.

    It would be good to hear how many actual tenancies have been created from this project that were still running 18 months later, rather than the more vague "X numbers of people have been helped."

    We feel there is a real lack of data on some of these schemes.

    David Lawrenson
    PRS Consultancy

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