Plus Dane supports Starts at Home day


Plus Dane is highlighting the great benefits of supported housing as part of Starts at Home day today (September 1).

Plus Dane is highlighting the great benefits of supported housing as part of Starts at Home day today (September 1).

The Starts at Home campaign celebrates supported housing and tells the stories of people in communities across the country who have gained independence or rebuilt their confidence through these vital services proved with a safe and secure home, including sheltered accommodation, refuges for women fleeing domestic violence, shelters and supported homes for those at risk of homelessness, and supported housing for vulnerable young people and adults with disabilities.

Plus Dane supplies hundreds of supported accommodation places across Merseyside and Cheshire.

The funding system for supported housing is currently being reviewed by the Government, after which a new funding mechanism will be set up. The National Housing Federation, the voice of affordable housing in England, is campaigning to persuade the Government to ensure that every person who needs extra support has a home that meets their needs.

Madeleine Nelson, Plus Dane's Executive Director for Neighbourhoods, said: “We know how invaluable the additional support provided in our supported housing schemes is to tenants in allowing them to maintain their independence and stay in their own homes for longer and this is something that Plus Dane views as a priority.

 “It is important to us that our vulnerable tenants are able to feel safe and secure in their own homes and know there is help on hand if anything arises. As a housing association with a clear social purpose, Plus Dane fully supports the Starts at Home day campaign.”

David Orr, Chief Executive at the National Housing Federation said: “Supported housing provides a safe and secure home that helps people to live independently and to achieve their aspirations. That's why we launched the Starts at Homes campaign to celebrate the good work done by so many in the supported housing sector, and show the Government why it’s such a crucial part of the housing fabric.”