MP Visit In Support Of Alabaré’s Homes Not Streets Campaign
Caption left to right - James Ross, service user and John Glen, MP for Salisbury
Homeless charity Alabaré is joining a day of action to highlight serious concerns about funding for supported housing for vulnerable people.
The charity has welcomed local MP John Glen to Alabaré Place to discuss changes to funding that could ensure that the financial future of the charity’s homes and other supported housing is protected.
The crisis emerged when the Government proposed a cap on housing benefit to supported housing so that the charity rents would be on par with the private sector. The proposal did not take into account the costs of the additional needs of vulnerable residents.
The Government is reviewing the proposal; in the meantime the charity is inviting MPs to its projects so that they can see for themselves the Importance of supported housing.
The campaign, Homes Not Streets: transforming lives through supported housing, is calling for fair funding for supported housing and for the Government to deliver a swift decision to make sure supported housing can be sustainable.
The current uncertainty means worry to those people already in supported housing and for providers like Alabaré it means they cannot plan their financial futures.
Throughout the UK, over 400,000 people live in supported accommodation, and Alabaré is now the leading provider in Salisbury with homes for young people leaving care, homeless veterans and others at risk of homelessness as well as supported housing for young mothers and their babies and adults with disabilities.
Alabaré have joined forces with the National Housing Federation’s Starts at Home Campaign. The campaign aims to highlight the unique benefits of supported housing to show why it is so important to individuals and society. Being homeless can have a serious impact on a person’s physical and mental health. Not having a secure address can make it difficult to access services and almost impossible to keep down a job. Without a strong financial base, supported housing services across the country are at risk of being closed.
John Glen will be visiting Alabaré Place where he will be shown around and will learn about the vital work Alabaré does. Supported housing is vital for those in need and vital within our society
Andrew Lord, Chief Executive of Alabaré said:
“We are delighted that John Glen has agreed to visit Alabaré Place. An opportunity to update him on the work at Alabaré Place, our Place of Change hostel for homeless people, the importance of supported housing in transforming lives and how we are looking to improve our services to vulnerable people with a greater emphasis on training and support into employment. It is essential that our campaign for fairer funding for supported housing is successful to continue to transform lives in our community.”
John Glen, MP for Salisbury said:
“Alabaré has been in the forefront of supporting vulnerable people in Salisbury and throughout the South West for over 25 years. I have been a supporter of the Cathedral Sleep out and I have admired their passion to help those in the greatest need transform their lives.”