New report on Private Renting schemes
Crisis has published a report today detailing achievements from its first year running the Private Renting Access Development Programme.
The programme, funded by the Department from Communities and Local Government, supported 49 local projects run by voluntary and community based organisations across England in its first year.
The schemes, which work with both landlords and tenants, offer assistance and advice on finding suitable accommodation, budgeting, dealing with housing benefit and paying bills amongst other services.
The Programme has, in its first year under Crisis’ administration, helped 1,370 people move into private rented accommodation and the report reveals how over three-quarters of these people were successfully supported to stay in their new homes for at least six months.
Leslie Morphy, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: “We are incredibly proud of the achievements of the PRS Access Development Programme and our local partners in helping over 1,300 homeless people into decent, sustainable accommodation. We have now expanded the programme and we hope to transform the lives of a further 2,000 homeless people in the coming year.”
Crisis, which has more than a decade of experience in helping homeless people find new homes in the private rented sector, has just launched the final round of funding for the Programme and is asking local voluntary organisations to form local partnerships and bid for new funds from The Department of Communities and Local Government to kick-start the establishment of new private rented sector access schemes. The deadline for application is 17 September.
For more information on the Programme and the report – please visit the Private Rented Sector website.