OPINION: Homes are at the heart of settled futures

OPINION: Homes are at the heart of settled futures

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The National Housing Federation’s #HomesattheHeart campaign this week puts housing at the forefront of providing settled futures for vulnerable people, with a key focus on supporting those who are already homeless or preventing those at risk from sleeping rough. As our organisation was founded out of a day shelter provision back in 1976, supporting the homeless has always been one of our main aims as we look to help people get their lives back on track. For those homeless, not having an address means finding employment and claiming benefits can be extremely difficult, whilst other issues such as lack of washing facilities and lack of access to IT equipment makes it very challenging to break into the job market. With COVID-19 seeing a sharp rise in people needing social housing,…
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OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of a Greener Country

OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of a Greener Country

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After looking at the benefits housing has on the economy, living standards and making ends meet, this week’s focus in the National Housing Federation’s #HomesattheHeart campaign surrounds the idea of a greener country. A greener environment is an important way to promote positive mental health for some of our most vulnerable clients. A well-kept, outdoor space goes a long way to put a smile on people’s faces, either by spending time in a garden or park, or actively helping out in looking after them. Thanks to donations, a disused piece of land has been transformed at our Keighley accommodation into a communal outdoor space for clients who otherwise wouldn’t have access to a garden. With a vegetable patch allowing people to grow their own produce, this beautiful and peaceful plot…
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OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of Living Well

OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of Living Well

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After a short break, the National Housing Federation’s #HomesattheHeart campaign returns, with this week’s focus surrounding the idea of living well. Supported housing balances affordable prices with dedicated and often personalised services to help those experiencing mental and physical health problems receive the care and support they need in their tenancies and throughout their recovery. The benefits of supported housing for our vulnerable clients are endless, and the emphasis on ensuring we support people through hard times also helps relieve some of the pressures on the NHS and other public services. High quality housing promotes better physical and mental health for individuals. A clean and safe environment is pivotal for ensuring people can begin to turn their lives around and start to build a positive future. Now, more than ever,…
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OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of Making Ends Meet

OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of Making Ends Meet

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This week marks the second themed period of the National Housing Federation’s #HomesattheHeart campaign. Last week the drive focused around the idea of how beneficial housing is to the economy, opening employment doors to people who are homeless and the most vulnerable. This time around sees an emphasis placed on affordable and supported housing. Some of our clients face huge barriers to the housing market, not least unemployment, a poor credit history, debt and arrears, substance or alcohol misuse and difficulties budgeting. With the private rental market commanding high rents and high demand, supported housing provides a lifeline for people who are otherwise marginalised from mainstream housing. Supporting people through difficult times is essential in our goal of helping some of the most vulnerable people in society into independent tenancies,…
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