Starts at Home day
We’re highlighting the contribution supported housing makes to vulnerable residents as part of today’s Starts at Home day (1 September).
Starts at Home, now in its second year and run by the National Housing Federation, celebrates how supported housing helps hundreds of thousands of people to regain their independence and confidence.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter today for key facts and figures, and a selection of short stories, showing how vital our supported housing services are for people.
Greater Manchester Housing Providers (GMHP), is a partnership of 30 housing providers. Together we offer a wide range of sheltered accommodation, refuges for domestic violence victims, homelessness shelters and housing for those with disabilities. Registered providers in Greater Manchester are estimated to own 25,000 older peoples and supported housing units.
Support for the Starts at Home campaign comes as uncertainty surrounds the future funding of supported housing. A proposed ‘local housing allowance cap’ could leave people who depend on it with a shortfall in their benefits, which could lead to them being unable to afford their current living arrangements.
Of the 25,000 sheltered and supported units, almost 10,000 are above the LHA cap proposed by the Government.
The National Housing Federation and its members are campaigning to persuade the Government to commit to ensuring that every person who needs extra support has a home that meets their needs.