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Celebrating Supported Housing on Starts at Home Day

We are immensely proud at MSV to be supporting the National Housing Federation’s Starts at Home Campaign, celebrating the amazing difference supported housing makes to the lives of vulnerable residents all over the country.

There are countless inspiring stories in Greater Manchester from supported housing services including sheltered accommodation, refuges for domestic violence victims, homelessness shelters and housing for those with disabilities. 

We are supporting the campaign 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. We 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.

Rob is just one of many of our residents who have had their lives transformed by supported housing.  Rob moved to Darren Court, Kearsley, in 2006 and is one of six residents with severe learning difficulties who reside at the scheme.

Before he moved to Darren Court, Rob suffered from a number of mental and physical health issues but in recent years a dramatic transformation has taken place.  With support from staff members at Community Care Options and health professionals Rob has become so much happier and more settled.  He has decorated his flat with mementoes that are personal to him and has completed a course in D.J. skills which supports his love of music and pop concerts!  He has been involved in cooking, become much healthier and has developed much more positive relationships with his family and those around him.

Darren Court not only offers 24 hour support but importantly allows residents to keep their independence at the same time. There is a communal area which gives residents the opportunity to socialise and it is this combination of independence and support that has enabled Rob to begin a work placement within the community.

Charlie Norman, Group Chief Executive of Mosscare St Vincent’s said:  “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.  There are also amazing people working in supported housing every day who deserve to be celebrated.  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, like Rob and many others, who live happy and fulfilling lives because of supported housing.”

For more information visit the Starts at Home Website on https://startsathome.org.uk/ or follow the campaign on twitter #startsathome

 

1st September 2017

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