Irwell Valley is highlighting the contribution supported housing makes in the Greater Manchester as part of today’s Starts at Home day with visits from local MPs to its supported housing developments.
Starts at Home, now in its second year and run by the National Housing Federation, celebrates how supported housing helps hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people regain their independence and confidence.
Housing associations provide a wide range of vital supported housing services including sheltered accommodation, refuges for domestic violence victims, homelessness shelters and housing for those with disabilities.
However, with uncertainty surrounding the future funding of supported housing, Irwell Valley alongside other members of the National Housing Federation are campaigning to persuade the Government to commit to ensuring that every person who needs extra support has a home that meets their needs.
MPs, Mike Kane (Wythenshawe & Sale East), Barbara Keeley (Worsley & Eccles South), Jeff Smith (Withington) and Graham Stringer (Backley and Broughton) will meet residents and staff at sheltered and supported housing developments across Greater Manchester managed by Irwell Valley Housing Association.
Andrew White, Irwell Valley’s Head of Supported Services says: “The services we provide are a vital lifeline for many of our residents - homeless young people, adults with mental health issues, people with disabilities and older people who are unable to independently live in their own homes, Supported Housing needs to be put on a secure and sustainable footing for the future and we are immensely encouraged by the response from all our MPs to this campaign.”
For two residents at Irwell Valley’s Peterloo Court in Salford, supported accommodation has meant greater independence and reduced isolation:
For details of Irwell Valley’s other supported housing developments, visit: http://www.irwellvalleyha.co.uk/live-with-us/50plus-housing-remaining-independent/