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£40,000 to Help Homeless in Easingwold and Thirsk


5:39pm 30th January 2013

A scheme which has helped nearly 4,000 people in England find rented homes in the last two years is coming to Hambleton.

The District Council has secured £40,000 in funding from central government to join the ‘Private Rented Sector Access Scheme’.   Over the next year housing officers will work in partnership with Foundation Housing to help up to 32 people secure accommodation.

A project worker will be employed for the district to build up a database of landlords.   Together with housing officers the officer will match people needing homes, but not registered as priority homeless, to those landlords.

The scheme – run nationally by Crisis - is already established in 120 areas across England.   The government is investing another £1.2million into it to set up another 23 schemes, including one for Hambleton.

“The scheme helps single people find advice and support to find and sustain a private rented home – and prevent homelessness,” said Housing Manager, Helen Fielding.

“Working with Foundation we can help them to overcome hurdles like finding a deposit and making sure the home is safe and secure.”

And Jill Boak, Project Manager for Foundation added: “We are delighted to join forces with Hambleton District Council in this national drive to increase accessibility to the private rented sector for people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness – and help us to meet the government’s ‘no second night out’ target.

“We aim to build positive relationships with landlords and letting agents to increase the number of people finding a home in this sector of the housing market.”

She said the scheme will also promoting renting rooms out where it may be beneficial to the householder.

The project worker is expected to begin work in March.

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