With supported housing in limbo, vulnerable people face homelessness

15 Aug

Benefit tales

Vulnerable people who rely on supported housing to provide a home and extra support to help them cope with life’s challenges face a summer of uncertainty and even homelessness.

The government has recently completed a review of supported housing, and we were expecting an announcement in July about plans to reform its funding. Instead, the new work and pensions secretary, Damian Green, has said he will make an announcement in the early autumn.

In the last autumn statement, the government announced plans to bring housing benefit for social tenants in line with the local housing allowance (LHA) private rates from 2018. This made the future for both tenants and providers even less certain. LHA rates for a shared room or one bed flat are well below the actual housing costs in most of St Mungo’s supported housing services.

The government has failed to clarify whether specialist supported housing will…

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