Our Asset and Housing management teams brought another 6 self-contained flats online in Southampton last week and welcomed the 6 new residents. All 6 flats are ring-fenced for those that have either been homeless or have been at risk of becoming homeless due to their vulnerability. This brings us to a total of 20 new bed spaces purchased across Southampton, Portsmouth and Hampshire since April 2022.
Why are move-on properties so important?
Trevor Pickup, SSJ’s Chief Executive says “I believe our biggest contribution to reducing homelessness is simply to make more homes available for those who have been homeless. Here at SSJ we support many people off the streets and work successfully with them to ensure they can live independently, but what next for them? Too often we see individuals returning to the streets because they cannot access private rented accommodation or social housing, a situation only being made worse by the pandemic.
As a housing association and a charity, we are able to access Homes England Funding and match this with borrowings and our own investment to purchase property that we ring-fence for people who have been homeless. Over the last three years SSJ has acquired 11 properties and created an additional 60 units of accommodation.
Last week 6 people were able to move into our new Southampton property. As they move, this will create vacancies in other housing projects, to enable another group of people to move into more independent accommodation. This in turn creates vacancies in the emergency accommodation which will now be taking more people who are facing homelessness.”
This work would not be possible without our partnership with Wayfarer, a collaboration of housing associations, local authorities and charitable partners, committed to providing a secure home for everyone, that meets their individual needs and choices.
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