20 Oct 2020

CIH responds to National Statement of Expectations for Supported Housing

Today, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has published its National Statement of Expectations for Supported Housing. This contains a set of guidelines for local authorities and supported housing providers, setting out good practice for the housing management aspects of supported housing provision.

James Prestwich, CIH director of policy and external affairs said:

“It is great to see today’s National Statement of Expectations published, providing excellent examples of positive practice across supported housing provision.

This provides a welcome renewed focus on expectations against which commissioners and organisations can assess and deliver outstanding services. It is essential that the sector continues to reflect on and improve services in response to the needs and aspirations of tenants/service users. This is particularly prominent now, during the pandemic, when our homes have been so important to keep us safe and protected from the virus.

We also look forward to seeing how the development of the five supported housing pilots being funded unfolds. These pilots, focusing on short-term supported accommodation, will help to inform and shape the quality of these sorts of services in the future, so we can ensure we always provide good quality homes to individuals who have experienced homelessness, or who are cannot to live independently.”