Kate Henderson, CEO of the National Housing Federation has backed the Salvation Army’s plea for more supported housing to help eradicate the UK’s homelessness crisis.
In a visit to one of the charities centres of support, Henderson met with staff and service users and discussed how the government could assist supported housing, like that provided by the charity, to help end rough sleeping.
“I was impressed by the partnership working of Founder’s House in the community – they not only provide a home for people who are homeless but also vital support to help them turn their lives around. The team’s kindness and compassion were very inspiring”, she said.
As reported by 24housing, recent initiates include that of a £3m funding boost to Jobcentres across the UK will see staff joining outreach teams on the streets to speak to people sleeping rough.
The government also announced £260m in funding to help councils support homeless people and those at risk of losing their homes.
The money is for councils to employ advisers to work with people struggling to make their rent payments.
Henderson said: “We welcome the Prime Minister’s commitment to eliminate homelessness and rough sleeping. Housing associations play a key role in this and want to do more.
“There are also key structural changes that are needed to make this a reality, including government investment in new social homes, a fair and effective welfare system, and secure, long term funding for support and supported housing.”
As well as a call for increased investment in supported housing, The Salvation Army is also calling for:
- 90,000 more low-cost homes for social rent to be built every year.
- An increase in the value of the local housing allowance (the rate of housing benefit used in the private rented sector) so that three in every 10 rented homes are affordable to people on benefits and low incomes
David Blower, Partnership manager for saha (The Salvation Army Housing Association) said: “The visit by Kate Henderson, was a real encouragement to our colleagues who are working tirelessly to support people as they turn their lives around.
“Both the work of saha and the Salvation Army is key in helping people get off the streets and break the cycle of homelessness.
“It is clear that government action is required to end the current homeless crisis.”
Pictured: L-R: Sarah-Jane Gay, National Housing Federation, External Affairs Manager; Kate Henderson, National Housing Federation, Chief Executive; Helen Wilson, Founder’s House – Salvation Army, Service Manager; Daniel Holland, Salvation Army, Assistant Regional Manager Homelessness Services; Nigel Hills, saha, Chief Executive.