Friday, 12 August 2016

With Supported Housing In Limbo, Vulnerable People Face Homelessness

Vulnerable people who rely on supported housing to provide a home and extra support face a summer of uncertainty.  The government has recently completed a review of supported housing and the new work and pensions secretary, Damian Green, has said he will make an announcement in the early autumn. The government previously announced plans to bring housing benefit for social tenants in line with the local housing allowance (LHA) from 2018. LHA rates for a shared room or one bed flat are well below the actual housing costs in most of St Mungo’s supported housing services. The government has failed to clarify whether specialist supported housing will be hit by the cap, but delays to this decision leave people at risk of homelessness.  Read more on the Guardian website.

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