Over the coming weeks, we are planning a range of actions and activities to promote and celebrate supported housing.
John Pierce is Campaigns Manager at the National Housing Federation
4 July 2016
Shannon moved into a foyer in Manchester after she couldn’t live at home any longer. She says her support workers ‘are like our parents trying to help and guide us in the right direction’. Supported housing gave Shannon the security and stability she needed. She has just sat her A Levels and plans to attend University in September to study theology, religious studies and philosophy and is aiming to become a teacher one day and help others achieve their ambitions.
Ann-Marie left hospital after suffering with her mental health condition. She then struggled to feel at home anywhere and was self-harming. Ann-Marie moved into supported housing for adults with mental health conditions. Ann-Marie has now regained her independence and believes that is the ‘best thing that has happened to me in all my life’.
Both Shannon and Ann-Marie were able to make real changes in their lives because of supported housing. But these are just two examples – we know that there are thousands of people across the country with similarly amazing stories to tell.
And now is the right time for us to do just that with the Starts at Home campaign.
The Government is currently reviewing the future funding of supported housing and we’ve put forward a proposal on behalf of the sector. While this review is underway, we will use the Starts at Home campaign to tell the positive stories of people who have gained independence through supported housing and we aim to persuade the Government to ensure that every person who needs extra support has a home that meets their needs.
Over the coming weeks and months, we are planning a range of actions and activities to promote and celebrate supported housing and people who have been able to regain their independence.