Transitions are tricky; whether it’s starting college or a new job or meeting new people. The first step into living independently can be the hardest transition of all, and being able to secure, afford and sustain a tenancy can prove very challenging.
The typical barriers facing young people trying to transition to independent living are:
- The availability and affordability of housing
- The cost of renting alongside paying for utilities and food
- Eligibility for social and private sector rental
- The legal obligations a tenancy entails
- Knowledge of the benefits system
- Knowledge of private and social rented sector, especially how to source housing
- The responsibilities associated with a tenancy
- Building links and support networks within local communities
- Reluctance from some private sector landlords to accommodate young people or accept benefit payments
- Anxiety around leaving a supportive setting and taking a step back with progress made
The Benjamin Foundation’s new Tenancy Support Service extends the ladder of support provided, enabling young people to make the transition and sustain their upward progress towards fully independent living. The service will provide young people with the practical, one-to-one support they need to source, secure and sustain a tenancy. Dedicated Tenancy Support Workers will work across Norfolk identifying young people within our Supported Accommodation Services who are preparing to move on to their next step towards independence. Introductions will be made and key areas of support identified to enable the move on transition to be as smooth and positive as possible. Support duration will be flexible and responsive to need.
Although fully stand alone, the project’s Tenancy Support Service will not only link with The Benjamin Foundation’s new Private Rented Sector Liaison service but also the End Youth Homelessness funded Employment, Education and Training Access Service, to offer a complete employment, tenancy set up and maintenance package, building on the vital Rent Deposit Scheme currently supported by Yorkshire Building Society.
Our Tenancy Support Workers will also work closely with Local Councils, private landlords and Housing Associations and will access the Housing Fund to offer Tenancy Training courses and an incentive ‘Move On’ grant of £150* to encourage engagement with the service and provide key essential homeware items young people may urgently require. We are also pleased to work in partnership with the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk to deliver this work in the west of the county.
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*While funding is available. Move on grant is not guaranteed.