Voluntary Groups Share In £2.4 million For Rent Deposit Schemes
New services, to help people who find it difficult to
scrape together the initial deposit to rent a home, will be running across
Scotland by the end of the year.
Funding for a new development worker to
drive forward work on improving access to private rented accommodation was
announced as part of a £2.4 million funding package for the voluntary
Rent deposit or guarantee schemes
support people who do not have enough money saved to pay the deposit for a
private rented house or flat.
The new worker will help councils across
Scotland develop or introduce this kind of support, with 40,000 pounds
awarded for this work. The Homelessness Task Force recommended that all
local authorities offer access to a rent deposit scheme by the end of the
Communities Minister Margaret Curran
said: "Scraping together a deposit with the first month's rent can be an
enormous burden when someone is trying to rent a home and schemes like
these help provide stability to people's lives. We are working to tackle
homelessness and ensuring the correct support services are in place is
"The voluntary sector provides vital
services for some of Scotland's most vulnerable people. These
organisations are pivotal in helping us close the opportunity gap and help
make life better for thousands of Scots. That's why they deserve our
Twenty nine other groups have been
awarded grants, with nearly half the £2.4 million funding concentrating on
work for the homeless. Other awards support women experiencing domestic
abuse, refugees, community care and tenant services projects.
Assessment of homelessness strategies
submitted last year indicated that ten councils, including Shetland,
Highland, Glasgow, Borders, Fife, Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire,
Western Isles, Midlothian and Dundee, did not have these schemes in place
or required to further develop existing schemes.
Applications for grants to voluntary
bodies may cover periods of up to three years, but awards are made on an
annual basis. The majority of this year's awards are to organisations that
are currently in a three year cycle, with three awards for additional or
renewed funding and one awarded to an organisation not previously funded
through the grant scheme.
BREAKDOWN OF ALLOCATIONS
Bethany Christian Trust - £34,020 to provide social and pre-employment
training for homeless people in a care context.
Borderline - £100,000 to provide advice and accommodation for homeless
Scots in London and to continue a resettlement project.
Community Self Build - £35,000 to assist people in housing needs
(including homeless people) to build their own homes.
Glasgow Simon Community - £42,436 to provide information on the progress
of homeless people to and through employment.
Emmaus - £30,000 to establish Glasgow as a pioneering service for long
term unemployed homeless people in Scotland through work in a
self-sustaining furniture recycling business.
Move on Ltd - £35,084 to identify the causes of homelessness among young
people leaving care and attempting to prevent it.
National Rent Deposit Forum - £40,000 to provide support services for the
development of Rent Deposit Schemes throughout Scotland
Rowan Alba Association - £92,868 to provide an outreach and Peer Support
Scheme to homeless individuals.
Scottish Churches Housing Agency - £65,000 assisting action by churches in
Scotland to help homeless people
Scottish Council for Single Homeless - £197,000 for the provision of
advice, training and information service to homeless people, including a
Scottish Women's Aid - £100,000 to continue work on housing options for
women experiencing domestic violence who would otherwise be homeless.
Scottish Youth Housing Network - £12,996 to produce newsletters, hold an
annual conference, update website and develop a core subscription base.
Shelter Homelessness Advisory Service - £205,927 to provide an advisory
service across Scotland to prevent homelessness.
Shelter Housing Law Service - £140,000 for provision housing law advice,
training. Seminars and representation to Shelter and other agencies.
Age Concern Scotland - £130,000 for information, advice and research on
housing for older people and £29,754 for an advisory service for
owner-occupied retirement housing (2 projects)
Care and Repair Forum Scotland - £109,763 for maintaining an database of
national information on clients, and information and other support
services for local projects which help older owner occupiers to remain in
their own homes.
Glasgow Disabled Persons Housing Service - £44,550 to develop an
innovative employment project and to take forward services for disabled
people through the Glasgow Housing Options Register.
Ownership Options in Scotland £100,000 to provide support for disabled
people to have a choice of housing tenure, and in particular to become
Education Research and Training
Chartered Institute of Housing - £31,827 for housing research, guidance
and good practice publications.
PATH - £40,760 for research projects and training related to the
employment of black and minority ethnic people housing providers.
Services to Tenants
Out to Tender (Formerly HOMES/HEMS) -
£109,000 to assist tenants to move by house exchanges.
SACRO - £99,906 to develop community mediation consultancy and training
services and produce leaflets and good practice guidance.
Tenant Involvement in the Highlands, Grampian and Highland Rural Areas
£62,216 to promote tenant participation in rural areas.
Tenant Information Service £60,000 to develop information products, for
capacity building and for tenant participation matters.
Tenant Participation Advisory Service - £60,101 to promote tenant
participation across Scotland.
Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust £37,699 towards helping
disadvantaged smaller communities in the Highlands to solve housing
Positive Action in Housing £38,397 to fund a housing information and
advice centre meeting the needs of black and ethnic minority communities.
Rural Housing Service - £31,000 for support to rural communities and for
publications, conferences advice and on line information and housing
Saltire Society - £10,000 for the costs of scrutinising and making design
awards to promote better housing design.
Scottish Refugee Council - £183,093 for housing policy development on
refugee and asylum issues in Scotland, housing advice information and
Highland Council Housing Options Manual