Crown Simmons Housing joins national campaign day to celebrate supported housing

starts at home logoCrown Simmons Housing is highlighting the contribution supported housing makes to London and Surrey as part of today’s Starts at Home day.

Starts at Home, now in its second year and run by the National Housing Federation, celebrates how supported housing helps hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people regain their independence and confidence.

Housing associations provide a wide range of vital supported housing services including sheltered accommodation, refuges for domestic violence victims, homelessness shelters and housing for those with disabilities.

Crown Simmons’ support comes as uncertainty surrounds the future funding of supported housing. The National Housing Federation and its members are campaigning to persuade the Government to commit to ensuring that every person who needs extra support has a home that meets their needs.

As part of the campaign, Crown Simmons has also written to the local MPs, on behalf of their supported schemes, calling on them to champion supported housing in Parliament.
Paul Yates, Chief Executive at Crown Simmons Housing, said:

“Crown Simmons’ supported housing schemes, such as Edgar Court in New Malden, Elizabeth Hart Court in Weybridge, Gunters Mead in Esher/Oxshott, Highbury View in Islington and Walsingham Lodge in Barnes all provide a vital service to their communities and residents.

Through providing housing and services such as community events, our supported housing schemes offer people both independence and support. This year we have introduced the role of Housing Services Officer in our supported housing schemes to ensure residents are getting the best and most efficient service possible. We are also starting construction work at Mole Abbey, our supported housing scheme in West Molesey, to provide additional supported housing for older people and homes for families.”

David Orr, Chief Executive at the National Housing Federation said:

“Supported housing helps people to live independently and achieve their aspirations in a safe and secure home. It is a critical time for supported housing; we must highlight how vital a lifeline it is to so many vulnerable people and show Government why supported housing should be put on a secure and sustainable footing for the future.”

Write to your MP and tell them why supported housing is important to you to ensure that people who need extra support will always have a home that meets their needs.

Email your MP at http://startsathome.org.uk/take-action/

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