Funding for supported housing

Find out about the work that the Federation and our members have done to secure the future funding of supported housing.

This section covers the following:

Supported housing funding now confirmed

After several consultations, in August 2018 the Government confirmed that housing costs for supported housing will continue to be paid through Housing Benefit. 

The full announcement is available on the Government's website, and you can read the Federation’s public response in our press statement.

After years of insecurity, we believe this announcement finally provides the certainty needed for housing associations to continue providing and building vital homes and services that allow thousands of vulnerable people to live independent fulfilling lives.

Further detail on funding include:

  • Housing costs will remain in the benefit system for all supported housing, including schemes intended for people to stay for a significant period, sheltered and extra care, and those for people to stay for just a short time.
  • There will be no introduction of a ‘sheltered rent’, which means there will be no cap on services charges in sheltered and extra care schemes.
  • While housing costs will remain in the benefit system they will not be paid through Universal Credit.

As part of this announcement, the Government confirmed plans for increased transparency and oversight of supported housing. You can read more about this on our commitment to quality webpage.

How we secured the future funding for supported housing

Securing the future funding for supported has taken several years, and involved the entire housing association sector coming together to campaign to champion these vital services.

We have summarised this journey through our summary of supported housing funding consultations.

Keeping supported housing on the political agenda

To raise the profile of the vital services provided by supported housing we launched a campaign called Starts at Home.

This campaign 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.

We have now secured the future funding for supported housing, but 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.

You can find out more, including how you can get involved in the campaign, by visiting the Starts at Home website.