Section: Supported Housing

Pilots to improve supported housing for vulnerable people extended

Posted 19.03.21
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Four pilots to improve the standard and quality of supported housing in England have been extended, backed by an additional £2.3 million.

The pilots - in Birmingham, Hull, Blackpool, Bristol and Blackburn - were launched in October to test innovative approaches to drive up standards and ensure vulnerable people receive the tailored support they need.

The pilots have been extended for another 6 months so that councils can build on their work so far, improving support for residents and value for money.

They will also strengthen enforcement in the sector - such as accommodation inspections to crack down on landlords who provide poor-quality homes and inadequate support to vulnerable people living there. In supported housing, accommodation is provided alongside care, support or supervision to help people live as independently as possible in the community.

The pilots are focused on short-term supported accommodation, which is often for vulnerable people - such as those with experience of homelessness, mental health issues or domestic abuse. The aim is to assist them to take up longer-term independent accommodation.

The pilots include:

Over the next 6 months the 4 councils will gather more data and evaluate their work so that the government can fully assess the impact of the pilots and introduce national changes.

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