Greater Manchester Housing Providers come together to celebrate Starts At Home Day
Housing Providers in Greater Manchester are highlighting the contribution supported housing makes to vulnerable residents as part of today’s Starts at Home day.
Starts at Home, now in its second year and run by the National Housing Federation. It celebrates how supported housing helps hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people regain their independence and confidence.
The GMHP is a partnership of 30 housing providers which offer a wide range of vital supported housing services. It includes sheltered accommodation, refuges for domestic violence victims, homelessness shelters and housing for those with disabilities.
About the campaign
Support for the campaign comes as uncertainty surrounds the future funding of supported housing.
Of the estimated 25,000 sheltered and supported housing units that Registered Providers own in Greater Manchester, almost 10,000 are above the LHA Cap proposed by the Government.
The proposed cap creates uncertainty for some of the most vulnerable people in society who could face a shortfall in their benefits and lead to them being unable to afford their current living arrangements. The pre-election outcome of the Select Committee was to ‘scrap the LHA cap ‘ for supported housing and this was agreed unanimously from a cross party committee. Greater Manchester Housing Providers are joining the campaign to persuade the Government to commit to ensuring that every person who needs extra support has a home that meets their needs.
As part of the campaign, Housing Providers have written to local MPs across Manchester, calling on them to champion supported housing in Parliament.
David Orr, Chief Executive at the National Housing Federation said:
“Supported housing helps people to live independently and achieve their aspirations in a safe and secure home. It is a critical time for supported housing; we must highlight how vital a lifeline it is to so many vulnerable people and show Government why supported housing should be put on a secure and sustainable footing for the future.”
Charlie Norman, Group Chief Executive at Mosscare St Vincent’s added: “Supported housing gets to the very heart of what we do as social housing providers. I am proud to be part of an organisation that cares about helping people to live independently and supporting those who need it most. In GM, the housing providers partnership is fully committed to celebrating this valuable part of what we do and we will not stop in our campaign to ensure supported housing receives the stability and funding it rightly deserves. If we don’t achieve this as a nation, it will cost the NHS and public service much more and more importantly it would remove a lifeline for countless people who live happy and fulfilling lives because of supported housing. We are immensely proud to support this campaign.”
Matt Jones, Managing Director of City West Housing Trust spoke of their two new extra care schemes in Salford: “We are very proud of our new extra care schemes and the transformational impact they have had on the lives of around 120 of our more vulnerable customers. They demonstrate our commitment to our vision of Improved Lives by providing high quality accommodation that promotes independence and reduces acute care costs by keeping people out of hospital. Supported housing is an integral part of what we do and we are fully committed to supporting the campaign to ensure it receives the stability and funding it rightly deserves. The consequences of failing to achieve greater certainty around how supported housing costs will be met are significant, not least given the demographic challenges around an ageing population, health inequality and an increase in long term conditions and the cost burden on the health and social care sectors longer term.”
Matthew Harrison, Chief Executive of Great Places said: We’re delighted to support the Starts at Home campaign. As a ‘profit for purpose’ organisation, supported housing is at the heart of our work. We pride ourselves on being more than just a landlord and developer, putting our profits back into our communities to support those with complex needs, including homeless people, young people, young parents, older people, drug and alcohol users and people with mental health needs. However, we are not alone in this – housing associations across Manchester and beyond are providing these essential services, and it’s so important that they continue to receive the funding required in order to help the most vulnerable. Reading the stories which come out of this annual campaign really drives home the incredible achievements that take place in supported housing schemes every day – they truly deserve to be celebrated!
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: ““Supported housing is vital to people who need more help to get the most out of life and this campaign highlights how important it is. Schemes such as this are part of the solution to supporting people off the streets and into homes.
“Enabling people to live independently, but with support, not only helps their wellbeing but also ensures they can live their lives to the full.”