Posted on 01 October 2019
Building on our strong legacy of an ambitious development programme and an innovative approach to tenancy sustainment, Hyde is signing up to the Commitment to Refer to help tackle homelessness.
Through our sector leading Successful Tenancies Programme, supporting residents at risk of homelessness to stay in their homes, we already have a strong working relationship with local authorities to prevent the supply of further homeless people entering the system. Joining the Commitment to Refer supports this work, and the work of front-line staff across the organisation, making sure that residents and others in our communities receive the support they need to prevent homelessness at the earliest opportunity.
A Hyde resident with learning difficulties who was in drug and alcohol recovery was referred to the Hyde Foundation earlier this year due to their rent arrears of £4796.66. The resident had recently been released from prison and was struggling to prioritise their other debts. A Hyde Foundation advisor understood the complexity of the resident’s situation and submitted a DHP claim with Croydon Council and the resident is now receiving support from the Hyde Foundation Grant team to purchase essential items for their home. This intervention and duty of care has presented the resident facing homelessness and future costs for Hyde and Croydon Council.
A member of the NHF Homelessness Steering Group, our Foundation Programme Manager Maggie Houghton explains how our ambitions to tackle homelessness goes beyond our plans to build 6,000 safe and affordable homes over the next four years: “Evidence-based initiatives like Breathing Space, where we pause escalation for residents accessing debt and benefit advice to deal with their rent arrears are effective in preventing evictions. Similarly, our Hoarding Panel which sees professionals from across the organisation come together to resolve this complex tenancy issue, with a focus on compliance and keeping the resident in their home, is showing great results.”
The Hyde Foundation, Successful Places team has also developed a partnership with a range of stakeholders to deepen our understanding in relation to young people experiencing homelessness, being at risk of homelessness or transitioning into independent living. The diverse perspectives offered by the partnership have already opened up new opportunities to begin working differently and have led to a piece of active research called ‘Together’.
By signing up to the commitment to refer our position on how to reduce the risk of homelessness is strengthened and further supports the work we are doing.