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 name||Town/City||General client group||Specialist client group|
|Homeless Action Resource Project (HARP)||Southend on Sea||Supported housing move-on||young people and ex-offenders|
|St Giles Trust||London||Supported housing move-on||ex-offenders|
|Broadway||Pan london||Supported housing move-on||ex-offenders|
|Hope Worldwide (HWW)||London||Homelessness prevention||young people|
|CAYSH||London||Homelessness prevention||young people|
|St Mungo Community Housing Association Ltd||London||Homelessness prevention||young people|
|DePaul UK||North Tyneside||Supported housing move-on||young people|
|Stockton & District Advice & Information Service||Stockton on Tees||Supported housing move-on||young people|
|Aquila Way||Gateshead||Rough sleepers||none|
|Foundation||Hyndburn||Supported housing move-on||ex-offenders|
|Crewe YMCA||Crewe||Supported housing move-on||young people|
|Real Lettings South||Portsmouth and Southampton||Supported housing move-on||ex-offenders|
|Society of St James||Hampshire||Homelessness prevention||ex-offenders|
|Southdown Housing Association||West Sussex||Homelessness prevention||none|
|Leatherhead Start||Mole Valley and Epsom and Ewell||Homelessness prevention||young people|
|Next Steps||Tandridge||Homelessness prevention||young people|
|Shelter The National Campaign for Homeless People Limited||Cornwall||Supported housing move-on||young people|
|Threshold Housing Link||Swindon||Supported housing move-on||young people and ex-offenders|
|1625 Independent People||Bristol||Homelessness prevention||young people|
|Encompass||Torridge||Homelessness prevention||young people|
|SIFA Fireside||Sandwell||Supported housing move-on||ex-offenders|
|Foundation||Hambleton||Homelessness prevention||young people|
|Fusion Housing||Kirklees||Homelessness prevention||young people|