As London's largest provider of hostel accommodation, we know that the most important challenge facing homeless men and women is access to suitable move-on accommodation and support.
We offer innovative Move-on Training (MOT) and the client volunteer-led PAL (Peer Advice Link) service as two ways of working with our residents as they move on into more independent lives in the community.
But just under half of all people in St Mungo's projects are ready to move on. They may be on the local authority housing list, waiting for a flat in the private rented sector, waiting for a suitable vacancy to come up in supported housing, or it may be that we've simply not been able to find an option suitable for their needs.
This frustrates a person's attempt to escape homelessness, damages their motivation and wellbeing and also wastes public money.
There is a real need for affordable rented accommodation and for further investment into tenancy sustainment services which allow vulnerable adults to live independently.
Additionally, increasing the supply of high and medium-support accommodation (whether in the private or socially rented sectors) would relieve the pressure on homelessness services by freeing up beds for other homeless men and women who desperately need them.
Read more about some of work influencing policy around Housing. and how we support clients in their recovery and move on - Client Involvement Recovery Innovations briefing July 2011
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