Supported housing provides a safe and secure home that helps people to live independently and to achieve their aspirations. That’s why the National Housing Federation has launched the Starts at Homes campaign to celebrate supported housing in communities across the country.
The Government is currently reviewing how supported housing is funded. While this is happening we want local MPs to understand how supported housing helps their constituents and for them to champion supported housing in Parliament.
BHT provides supported housing in four parliamentary constituencies: Brighton Kemptown (the MP is Simon Kirby), Brighton Pavilion (Caroline Lucas), Hove (Peter Kyle) and Hastings (Amber Rudd).
Last year we worked with 3,074 clients in our supported housing services, (1,917 men and 1,156 women). 877 had a mental or physical disability, and 612 had previously been sleeping rough.
Supported housing is important to me because it provides a platform for clients to change, to take up the opportunities available to them, so that they can combat their homelessness, mental health problems, addictions, poverty, unemployment, loneliness and isolation.
I would encourage you to join the Thunderclap for this Thursday (1st September) and follow the link to create a bespoke email to your MP, explaining why supported housing is important to you and ask them to write to the Government calling on them to ensure that people who need extra support will always have a home that meets their needs.