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Use of shared housing/shared tenancies to tackle homelessness 08/12/2016

Is your council making use of shared tenancies as a solution to housing single people or thinking about setting up a scheme to do so?


Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, would like to make contact with councils interested in developing shared housing as a housing solution for single people, as well as those with experience of planning or delivering shared tenancies.


Since 2013, Crisis has co-ordinated delivery of a programme to provide shared tenancies in the private rented sector. More recently, they've been working with social landlords to support the development of practice in using shared tenancies in the social rented sector.


This has demonstrated that shared housing can provide a practical and cost effective housing solution for single people. The learning from this work is outlined in a best practice toolkit: Spare to Share.  


Since the toolkit was published last year, the government has announced the extension of local housing allowance rates, and the shared accommodation rate, to social housing, and Crisis are now in the process of updating this toolkit to reflect the changed policy context and to include recent evidence on sharing from the social housing sector.


The new version of the toolkit will include more detail on tailoring housing management and allocations practice for shared tenancies and will be launched in the New Year. It will make the case to social landlords to develop provision for shared housing, both to make best use of stock against the backdrop of welfare reform and to retain an affordable housing offer to under 35-year-old applicants.


To inform the toolkit update, Crisis is working closely with a number of social landlords and the relevant membership bodies to develop detailed guidance on making shared housing work within a social housing framework.


Crisis is still very much on the hunt for examples of practice - so if your organisation is delivering a model of shared housing or would like support in setting one up, Crisis would like to hear from you.


You can contact Crisis' Shared Housing Best Practice Officer:


Crisis would also welcome feedback on the current version of the toolkit.

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