Thursday 9 August 2018

Response to government announcement on funding for supported housing

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Emmaus has welcomed the government’s announcement that Housing Benefit will remain in place for supported housing providers.

Previous proposals to reform funding for supported housing looked likely to significantly impact on the level of funding that Emmaus communities were able to access after April 2020, with overall income for the 29 Emmaus communities across the country being reduced by up to one third.

Now that these reforms have been stopped, Emmaus will be in a more stable position to continue to provide a home and meaningful work for the 789 formerly homeless people who live at Emmaus communities across the UK.

Simon Grainge, Chief Executive of Emmaus UK, said: “This is a big relief for us and other supported housing providers. The people we work with are often at a very vulnerable time in their lives and we need to ensure we can continue to offer them support into the future.

“It is disappointing that it has taken the government more than two years to reach this conclusion, as many of us working in the sector have had to spend this time developing plans to mitigate against major changes, which are now no longer happening.

“Our priority now will be to focus on developing our services so we can help even more people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion to find a positive way to move forward with their life.”