Shared home scheme for former homeless
A homelessness charity in London has set up a housing project to help people affected by housing benefit reforms.
Thames Reach, working in conjunction with charity Commonweal Housing, has launched a shared housing project for formerly homeless people in work or returning to employment.
The scheme, Peer Landlord London, will help 30 people between the ages of 25 and 34, who face losing out on housing benefit because of reforms, by training one tenant to provide informal employment and housing support. The charity hopes this will help them into work, so they are no longer dependent on benefits and can have their own flat.
From last month, the age at which the government would pay single people enough to cover the cost of renting a one-bedroom flat was raised from 25 to 35. Those under 35 can only rent a room in a shared house.
The scheme aims to offer people returning to employment a more stable, supported environment than a standard shared house would provide.
Up to seven of the schemes will be established over the next 12 months at a cost of £235,000 per property in London with Commonweal Housing providing the accommodation to Thames Reach on a 10-year lease. If successful, it will be rolled out nationwide.
Inside Housing’s What’s the Benefit? campaign calls for fairer welfare reform