We welcome decision on supported housing funding
10 August 2018
Good news – the government will keep housing benefit in place for people living in supported accommodation (such as our homeless hostels).
The announcement follows pressure from charities and housing providers - including Porchlight – to keep this funding system in place.
It means that our residents will continue to have the right to housing benefit to cover the cost of their rent.
We warned that alternative plans allowing cash-strapped councils to issue grant funding at their own discretion were dangerous and short-sighted. We said they would make it impossible for organisations such as Porchlight to plan ahead and develop more provision for people in need.
“We can now look ahead to the future with more certainty and focus on addressing the ongoing homelessness crisis,” says Porchlight chief executive Mike Barrett.
“This decision also means we can continue helping people who have been homeless regain their independence. While staying with us, they make small monthly payments towards rent and bills which teaches them about money management - an important skill for living independently.”
Supported housing isn’t limited to homeless hostels and shared houses. It can also be a women’s refuge centre, somewhere veterans go to adjust to civilian life or a specialist home for people with learning disabilities.
Many of you added your voices to our campaigning work. Thank you to everybody who helped us put pressure on the government over this important issue.