Friday, 29 May 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

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