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Together Housing welcomes supported housing announcement

Together Housing welcomes supported housing announcement

Together Housing has welcomed a government announcement that the rents for all supported housing will remain covered by the welfare system.

The announcement, which was released jointly by the Department for Work and Pensions and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, confirms that housing costs for those living in all types of supported housing will continue to be paid through Housing Benefit and this includes dropping plans for a so called “sheltered rent”.

Sue Lewis, Head of Supported Housing at Together Housing Group, who own 1,800 units of supported housing for older and vulnerable people across Yorkshire, Lancashire and Derbyshire, welcomed the news: “Together Housing’s Supported Housing schemes provide affordable homes for hundreds of older and vulnerable people, enabling them to keep their independence while receiving the support they need.

“Our tenants and their families need certainty on how their housing costs will be paid. This announcement provides reassurance for them going forward, while also giving housing associations the reassurance they need to develop new supported housing schemes to meet much needed demand.”

Together Housing’s latest housing with care scheme, Riverside Heights in Darwen, is scheduled to open in the next few weeks. Sue Lewis added: “We are looking forward to welcoming new customers to this fantastic new development.”

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