30 Aug 2017

GreenSquare highlights importance of supported housing

his Friday (1 September) is the National Housing Federation's Starts at Home day - a day aimed at highlighting the importance of supported housing.

GreenSquare is supporting the campaign to help persuade the Government to ensure that every person who needs extra support has a home that meets their unique needs, and to help put these vital services on a sustainable footing for the long term. 

Martin Mellors, GreenSquare's Head of Supported Housing, said: "This campaign is crucial - housing associations, like us, work tirelessly to provide homes for those who are the most vulnerable and most at risk in our society – and we want the Government to understand just how important that role is. 

“Supported housing has the power to give people their independence. Without the continuity of these services, many people are likely to find themselves homeless, unwell or isolated, and ultimately require greater and more costly help from the state.

“We are committed to ensuring people with a wide range of needs can live sustainably in the homes and communities we build and deliver services in. But we need the Government to commit to long term funding."

Supported housing provides a safe and secure home that helps people to live independently and achieve their aspirations. These vital services help a diverse range of people in communities across the country, including: giving women fleeing domestic abuse a safe space; supporting our war veterans to adjust to civilian life; and giving people with learning disabilities a chance to live independently.

In addition to our twenty-eight 55+ schemes, across all three areas, our supported housing services include: a mother and baby unit in Trowbridge; women's refuges in Wiltshire; temporary accommodation for homeless families in Wiltshire; Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS); and community-based support service Gloucestershire Housing Support. The team also works with numerous schemes and partnerships providing support to residents with specialist needs.

Keep an eye out on our social media pages on Friday and follow #startsathome.