I understand your concerns regarding the new funding model for supported housing. As a lifeline for many vulnerable people, including the homeless, I am committed to protecting these homes and the people who live in them. I believe that the new funding model will do just that, by putting the supported housing sector on a sustainable and stable footing.
Funding for short-term supported housing will be provided through locally administered ring-fenced grants, underpinned by a new, comprehensive local planning and oversight regime that will be continuously reviewed. I am confident that this will enable a more localised approach to providing accommodation for some of the most vulnerable people in this country.
Furthermore, I welcome that Local Housing Allowance rates will not be applied to tenants in supported housing, nor to the wider social rented sector. This means that long-term supported housing costs will continue to be covered fully through the welfare system.
On the wider issue of homelessness, I support the Government’s aim of halving rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminate it altogether by 2027. I am more confident than ever that the Homelessness Reduction Act, which will come into effect from April, will help to achieve this aim.
I would also like to pay tribute to the excellent work that St Mungo’s do and the importance of their campaigns in highlighting the issues around homelessness. I am pleased that the Housing Secretary, Sajid Javid, has decided to include the CEO of St Mungo’s, Howard Sinclair, on his new Rough Sleeping Advisory Panel.