It’s Starts at Home day – 1 September

Progress Housing Group is raising awareness of the great benefits of supported housing as part of the national ‘Starts at Home’ day on 1 September.

The  National Housing Federation’s ‘Starts at Home’ campaign celebrates supported housing and tells the stories of people across the country who have gained independence or rebuilt their confidence through the support they have received within a safe and secure home. Supported housing includes sheltered accommodation, refuges for women fleeing domestic violence, shelters, homes for those at risk of homelessness, homes for vulnerable young people and supported living accommodation for adults with disabilities.

The funding system for supported housing is currently being reviewed by the Government, after which a new funding mechanism will be set up. The National Housing Federation and its members, including Progress Housing Group, are campaigning to persuade the Government to ensure that every person who needs extra support has a home that meets their needs.

Progress Housing Group is one of the UK’s largest providers of supported living services and has written to over 150 MPs to ask them to champion supported housing in Parliament.

Jacqui De-Rose, Chief Executive of Progress Housing Group said: “Progress Housing Group own and manage nearly 11,000 homes almost half of which are supported housing. We have a particular specialism in providing supported living accommodation for people with a learning disability or a mental health problem; we are one of the largest providers in the country of this type of accommodation. We also provide specialist accommodation for older people and for people experiencing homelessness or fleeing domestic violence.

“We all know that ‘home’ offers the secure foundation that we all need to manage the ups and downs of life and to achieve our aspirations.  This is especially true of those living in supported housing and we are urging our MPs and the government to commit to a sustainable and long-term funding model, one which truly recognises the value which this type of housing provides for the individuals concerned and to society in general.” 

David Orr, Chief Executive at the National Housing Federation said:“Supported housing provides a safe and secure home that helps people to live independently and to achieve their aspirations. That's why we launched the Starts at Homes campaign to celebrate the good work done by so many in the supported housing sector, and show the Government why it’s such a crucial part of the housing fabric.”

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