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Housing services to meet high CRC need

5 October 2016

Three new contracts, funded by KSS CRC, will provide housing brokerage services to help increase service usersí access to suitable and sustainable accommodation from this week.

Under the three year contracts, NACRO, St Giles Trust and Southdown Housing Association will work with approximately 2,000 of our service users with a complex housing need each year.

The providers will help service users to liaise with private landlords, local authorities and other housing service providers to achieve the best outcome for them.

They will also work with local partners to avoid duplication and to make sure that service users understand their realistic options.

Support will be provided to service users prior to release from prison and also to those who we see on community orders.

Kamini Sanghani, Director of Partnerships, says: 'By commissioning these services, the CRC aims to keep communities safe by addressing a high risk factor for reoffending among our service users. We know that it is very difficult to find affordable accommodation in Kent, Surrey and Sussex, and our service users face particular disadvantage. By helping them to get suitable accommodation, we can then support and challenge them to make other positive changes such as gaining employment and abstaining from substance misuse. We are delighted to have three partners on board who bring such valuable, local expertise to the CRC’s delivery.'

 

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