Shared housing options
About the event
Speaker: Faye Greaves, policy and practice officer, Chartered Institute of Housing and Ella Wesolowicz, shared housing best practice officer, Crisis
Chair: David Pipe, policy and practice officer, Chartered Institute of Housing
What will you learn?
- Government plans to cap the amount of help social housing tenants will receive towards their housing costs and the local housing allowance (LHA) rates paid to private tenants have led to growing concerns about its impact on single under-35s, who are only entitled to the shared accommodation rate of LHA (enough to rent a room in a shared house). Last year Inside Housing revealed that nearly three in four housing associations are set to change their allocations criteria for single under-35s due to the pending measures.
- Without access to social housing, low income people aged under 35 will be forced to compete for the limited supply of shared tenancies in the private rented sector, where there is already a growing gap between rates and actual market rents. Shared single housing will therefore be a crucial element of a continued social housing offer for young people.
- Unless social landlords are prepared to provide shared housing, there is a risk that the LHA cap will exacerbate the recent trend of rising homelessness because single under-35s are going to struggle to access affordable accommodation in both the private and social rented sectors.
- In reality, shared housing for single adults is not widely available in the social housing sector across the UK, as traditionally social landlords have not been providers of this type of housing.
This webinar explores the policy context as to why there is a growing need for a shared housing offer from social landlords. Delegates will get the opportunity to consider some of the practical considerations for delivering an effective and viable scheme within a social housing management setting. They will also be encouraged to share their views on the challenges and opportunities for developing a shared scheme.
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