Funding boost for Isle of Wight housing project

By a County Press reporter

Monday, June 9, 2014

 

A PROJECT helping people on the Isle of Wight find a home has been given a £40,000 boost over two years.

The Isle of Wight Law Centre has been given a grant as part of the Crisis Private Renting programme —a £2 million government-funded scheme — aimed at helping homeless people.

It succeeds the national Access Programme, under which the Law Centre had already helped 102 people.

The Law Centre has urged local landlords to join the scheme, which brings together responsible landlords with tenants.

Isle of Wight Law Centre manager Matt Thatcher said: "We know that private renting has the potential to provide decent and stable homes for homeless people. But many will struggle to do this on their own.

"The projects that Crisis supports are crucial. They help people to find suitable, lasting tenancies whilst setting the standards for others to follow."

Isle of Wight Council Housing Needs manager Val Bell said it had backed the Law Centre’s bid for funding and the council’s Housing Services Department was the sole referring agency for the project.

She said: "There have been 198 referrals to the Law Centre, which has resulted in positive outcomes for 102 people who otherwise would have had few options available to them to find a place to live"

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