After several consultations, in August 2018 the Government confirmed that housing costs for supported housing will continue to be paid through Housing Benefit.
Securing the future funding for supported housing took several years, and involved the entire housing association sector coming together to campaign to champion these vital services.
Although future funding for supported housing is secure, it’s important that we still keep supported housing on the political agenda to ensure that politicians know these services are vital and need protecting.
To raise the profile of the vital services provided by supported housing we launched a campaign called Starts at Home, which has a simple but important aim – to ensure that people who need extra support will always have a safe home that meets their needs.
Over the years, this campaign has led to hundreds of MPs visiting supported housing schemes, and resulted in several Westminster Hall debates. It has also given a platform for the people who live in supported housing to share their stories on what it’s like to live there.
You can find out more, including how you can get involved in the campaign, by visiting the Starts at Home website.
The vital support services provided by supported housing, like homeless hostels, sheltered housing and domestic violence services, are being squeezed due to local authority cuts. Spending by councils on housing-related support services has reduced by 69% between 2010 and 2017. So we’re calling on the Government to ringfence £1,4bn for housing-related support.