Crisis Help-to-Rent Programme 2016-2018

The Crisis Help to Rent programme is supporting five organisations nationally to support individuals who are homeless or vulnerably housed to access sustainable accommodation.  These five projects are focussed on innovative approaches around sharing in the private rented or social housing sectors, as well as social lettings agencies, housing association partnerships and projects to tackle rural homelessness.

The following five organisations have been awarded Help to Rent Programme funding from Crisis.

Developing Health and Independence (DHI Bath)

DHI is a charity operating in the West of England (Bristol, Bath and South Gloucestershire) that was set up in 1999 to help people out of the cycle of homelessness, social isolation and drug or alcohol abuse. Their aim is to offer people a wide range of services that help them gain control of their lives again and live independently. As part of this work they operate a social lettings agency – Home Turf Lettings (HTL).

Through the Help-to-Rent Programme HTL will test three approaches: the viability of property investment for housing charities and social lettings agencies, buying properties to let to homeless people;  the use of volunteers and peer supporters to support shared tenancies; and how best to support tenants in receipt of  Universal Credit  to minimise rent arrears and prevent repeat homelessness

Newydd Housing Association

Newydd is a charitable housing association that offers nearly 3,000 affordable homes for rent and sale to people where need is at its greatest in Mid and South Wales.

Newydd’s Rooms4U project will address the housing needs of single households (including single homeless applicants) on the common housing register in the Vale of Glamorgan through a central point of access to shared accommodation in both the social and private rented sectors. 

Arch (North Staff) Ltd

Arch is a charity operating across  Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and Cheshire East engaging around 6000 children, young people, adults, families and professionals annually  in services aimed at reducing social exclusion by ending domestic abuse, tackling homelessness and promoting social inclusion. This includes a successful private lettings scheme.

Arch will be developing a shared social housing offer over a group of social landlords, using properties that are void or hard to let as a result of welfare reforms. This will include configuring and modelling Housing Association properties to make them suitable for sharing.

Glasgow Homelessness Network

Glasgow Homelessness Network organisation is a third sector membership organisation. They evidence and advance solutions to homelessness and poverty by connecting the knowledge and experiences of people who live and work with the issue.

Glasgow Homelessness Network will pilot the use of private rented accommodation to deliver a Housing First approach in Scotland.  Testing whether PRS could be used to scale up the Housing First approach by offering a high quality housing intervention.

New Horizon Youth Centre 

Berkeley Foundation

New Horizon Youth Centre is an organisation based in London, operating a day centre and outreach programme supporting vulnerable marginalised 16-25 year olds most of whom are in non-priority housing need and require employability support.

Working in partnership with Housing Associations New Horizon Youth Centre will provide shared housing for 18-25 year olds in urgent housing need.  Also anticipating pending welfare benefit changes for this group, this will offer 12 months accommodation and support to enable young people to stabilise their financial and employment situation, develop tenancy skills, and save for a deposit, before moving on to longer term housing in the private rented sector. The funding for New Horizon Youth Centre has been provided by The Berkeley Foundation.



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