Liverpool Housing Course receives Lottery Boost

Thu, March 14th, 2019

Local Solutions' Resettlement Passport receives Lottery funding.

 A Liverpool Housing Course, the ‘Resettlement Passport’ has received a lottery boost to support the growth of the initiative. Developed in Liverpool by the charity Local Solutions as part of their work to support young homeless people, the course is now being used by 35 organisations nationally.

The Awards for All Grant from the Big Lottery’s Community Fund will be used to train more staff to deliver the course and to get more organisations on board with using the course. The Resettlement Passport is specifically aimed at vulnerable people and is being used by a wide range of organisations including Housing Associations, Leaving Care Teams, Local Authorities and organisations who are supporting people who are homeless, leaving prison, armed forces veterans and people with drug and alcohol issues.

Hannah McCowen, Resettlement Passport Co-ordinator said: “Being able to manage your tenancy, your money and your bills is vital for giving you the stability to support your family, get a job and complete training. This course is really practical, and this funding will mean we can reach more people.”

The Resettlement Passport was developed and piloted in 2014 by a team of support workers in Local Solutions homeless services. They had been supporting young people to move onto independent living for many years but were seeing young people returning to the services who had become homeless again. The increased cost of living, introduction of Universal Credit and other benefit changes were making it increasingly difficult to manage a tenancy for people on benefits or a low income. An online version of the course was developed thanks to an investment from One Ark. This meant that people could complete the course on a tablet or laptop.

In 2018 the Resettlement Passport was ‘Highly Commended’ in the category of ‘Innovation of the Year’ at the UK Housing Awards in May 2018.

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