Housing Related Support Service Explained
What is the Housing Related Support service?
The service commission's preventative low level housing related
support for vulnerable people throughout Worcestershire.
The aim is to increase people's ability to
live independently whilst providing the skills and support to
sustain their tenancy.
Who is it for?
The Housing Related Support service is targeted at vulnerable
people, including the homeless, people with mental health needs and
/or substance misuse problems, people with learning disabilities,
older people, young people, rough sleepers, those fleeing domestic
violence, ex offenders and a number of other needs groups.
What services can be provided?
A range of services may be provided as long as they fall within
the definition of housing related support. Housing related support
services may be classified as short or long term according to their
aims and objectives. Short-term schemes have a maximum intended
duration of up to two years with the intention of moving people
onto independent living and/or increasing the ability to live
Why do I need to know about the Housing Related Support
In Worcestershire the Housing Related Support service provides
essential preventative support to around 12,000 people at any one
time, offering support to a wide range of vulnerable groups. This
includes older people who need support to remain in their own
homes, young people at risk of homelessness, people experiencing
domestic abuse, ex-offenders needing support to prevent
re-offending, people recovering from drug and alcohol abuse, those
with disabilities needing support to live independently and many
Support focuses on the prevention of
homelessness and re-building lives by supporting moves into
training and employment, improving health and well-being,
developing social networks and integration with communities, as
well as finding and keeping a home.
How much does it save?
By helping to tackle the issues behind
homelessness or the risk of homelessness, services also help
prevent or delay the need for costly residential care, extended
hospital stays or prison. In this respect the Housing Related
Support service is very much an 'invest to save' programme and the
success of this is demonstrated nationally by the robust
cash-benefit analysis work by Capgemini. In Worcestershire this
model shows that the Housing Related Support services can save
almost £50 million each year.
Who the Partnership Includes
Worcestershire County Council, Bromsgrove
District Council, Malvern Hills District Council, Redditch Borough
Council, Worcester City Council, Wychavon District Council, Wyre
Forest District Council, West Mercia Probation Trust,
Worcestershire Primary Care Trust.
- Housing Related Support provision in Worcestershire is saving
£47,000,000 per annum – this would be the cost to partners if
Housing Related Support didn’t commission such preventative
- 38,612 positive outcomes achieved to help maintain independent
- 14,366 'Health and Wellbeing' outcomes achieved
- 5,444 'Skills and Communities' outcomes achieved
- 6,160 'Economic Success' outcomes achieved
- 11,773 'Community Safety' outcomes achieved
- 628 'The Environment' outcomes achieved
- 241 'Children and Families' outcomes achieved
- Over 18,000 vulnerable people being supported in 2011/2012
We are a multi agency partnership working
together to achieve:
- positive outcomes for vulnerable communities,
- strategically planning low level housing related support
- reduction of point of crisis intervention, and
- creating significant efficiencies for public funded
Above all, a preventative service which meets
the needs of vulnerable people in Worcestershire. Services designed
for and with service users.
service directory is now available through SPOCC net.
A selection of Sitra members.
This page was last reviewed 17 May 2013 at 13:41.
The page is next due for review 13 November 2014.