MP For North West Hampshire Kit Malthouse Visits Sarum House

MP for North West Hampshire Kit Malthouse Visits Sarum House

We were delighted to welcome Kit Malthouse MP for North West Hampshire to Sarum House, our young people’s supported housing project, to highlight the proposed cap on housing benefit to social housing tenants, and the detrimental effect such a cap would make on services provided by homeless charities like Alabaré. Our campaigbn 

The drive headed, Homes Not Streets: transforming lives through supported housing, is raising awareness of the proposed extension of the Local Housing Allowance (LHA)cap to rents in the Supported Housing Sector.

Throughout the UK, over 400,000 people live in supported accommodation, with homes for young people leaving care, Veterans and others at risk of homelessness as well as supported housing for young mothers and their babies and adults with disabilities. The implications of this proposed cap would be devastating to the services Alabaré and other supportive housing providers are able to provide. 

The Government delayed the introduction of the LHA cap by a year, but clarity on this issue is urgently needed. 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. As a society, the current situation calls into question how we care for our most vulnerable members in the months and years ahead.

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.

Kit Malthouse MP will be visiting Alabaré’s Andover supported housing project 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. 

Kit Malthouse MP for North West Hampshire said:

 “It was great to visit everyone at Alabaré again and see the inspiring work they do. They offer a second chance to people at a desperate time in their lives and the whole community owe them and everyone like them a debt of thanks.”