Housing-related support helps vulnerable people to live independently in their current home or to move on to independent living.
The Supporting People Programme provides housing-related support and advice to vulnerable people with nowhere else to turn.
Support can be provided to anyone over 16 regardless of whether they are living in their own home, sheltered housing, a hostel or another type of specialist housing.
Support is available to a wide range of people including:
- people with learning disabilities
- people with mental health issues
- vulnerable families and women seeking refuge from domestic abuse
- people with drug and/or alcohol problems
- people with physical disabilities or long-term illness
- older people, including those who are frail
- homeless people, including young single people who are homeless or leaving care
- ex-offenders and those at risk of re-offending.
The support varies depending on personal circumstances but may include:
- managing a budget/claiming benefits
- basic life skills, e.g. cooking, cleaning
- setting up and maintaining a home
- form filling
- emotional support and advice
- personal safety and security
- finding education, training or work
- liaising with other organisations, e.g. social services.
You do not have to be receiving home (personal) care services to be able to get housing-related support.
Contact your local council to find out more about housing-related support.