Unique pilot aims to match homes to need
A London charity is to set up a brokerage service to match homeless people with empty properties.
Broadway is to roll out a pilot scheme across the capital with a potential pool of 4,000 properties for homeless people to rent. The charity expects its brokerage to match homeless people from hostels run by other charities across the capital with empty homes.
Broadway will work with the Empty Homes Agency to find potential landlords and link them with local authorities that can provide refurbishment grants.
The brokerage follows a pilot scheme funded by Hammersmith & Fulham Council. The authority gave grants to private landlords to refurbish empty homes and then leased them to Broadway. The charity managed and let the properties to homeless people. By the end of the scheme it aims to lease out 130 homes a year to homeless people without complex support needs.
Howard Sinclair, chief executive of Broadway, said the scheme was designed to combat the shortage of housing for clients who were ready to leave hostels.
‘We are getting into the private rented sector as a way of getting people homes because there isn't the social housing available. It's become more apparent that to make a dent in this we have to find a way of opening up the private sector more.'
The London Housing Foundation will give £170,000 over the next two years to expand the scheme across the capital.