Development of web platform for streamlining how genuine supported housing applicants connect with supported housing providers

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On 28th Jul 2017 we successfully raised £390 with 17 supporters in 56 days

The Context

There are thousands of housing associations, charities, voluntary organisations and other services across United Kingdom working with homeless and vulnerable groups in supported housing need. But finding a suitable supported accommodation that meet a service user's need is not only difficult but daunting. With over 56,000 supported housing units to choose from in Scotland alone, opportunities often go unused and unknown.


Our Project

HomePointr is a web platform with associated support initiatives that is positioned as a network for supported housing providers and providers of homes for vulnerable groups. HomePointr will facilitate a solution which easily link vulnerable applicants for housing with the right supported housing provider for them.  We will streamline the complex renting application process and make renting refreshingly easy for both tenant and housing providers, saving time and money by pairing users with the perfect landlord /property and also minimising exposure to risks.

HomePointr will simplifies the search for supported housing through the development of an easy to use platform with associated support initiative

Homepointr - the easiest way to access supported housing .

Is it really needed?

  • Currently, standard practice is that supported housing providers use their own website, or referrals from supported agencies, to create awareness of potential properties ready to let. These processes waste time, are ad-hoc and neither meet the needs of invidividuals nor provide choice to genuine people in re-housing need.
  • The current allocation system leads to tenancies failing for the most vulnerable
  • The cost of failed tenancies and abandonment range from £4,000 to £10,500 per case
  • Statistics suggest that people experiencing homelessness are more than four times as likely to experience mental ill health as those in stable accommodation.
  • There is evidence that some people use drugs as a method of coping with homelessness, and that this in turn can lead to an increase in offending behaviour - such as theft, roberry, drug dealing and prostitution - in order to fund drug habits.
  • The number of people aged 75 and over in Scotland is projected to increase by 75 per cent from 421,000 to 7387,000 in 2035. This will result in significant challenges for the housing sector as more people will live for longer, often alone.  Demand is expected to increase for supported living and sheltered housing.
  • Likewise, the number of single person household is projected to increase by 44 per cent from 895,000 in 2012 to almost 1.3 million in 2035. Housing supply will have to adapt to meet the different needs and demands of these households.

Who Will Benefit

Those who use supported housing can have a variety of multiple challenges in their lives. They can be homeless or at risk of homelessness, be experiencing mental health issues,be in poverty, have a disability or be a victim of domestic violence.

  • Older people with support needs
  • Older people with Mental Health problems 
  • Frail Elderly
  • People with mental health problems
  • People with learning disabilities
  • Single homeless with support needs
  • People with Alcohol problems
  • Young people at rosj
  • Homeless families with support needs
  • Young people leaving care
  • Offenders or people at risk of offending
  • and many others

 The applicants will have greater choice over the accommodation which they are allocated and better awareness of available housing options with support. The project will also help referral agencies to be aware of suitable properties available for people using their services and it will help housing providers to build a strong referralnetworks to minimise rent loss.

What does your support help us to do?

With your help we want to develop a web-based supported housing platform which will allow the supported housing provider to provide an improved level of housing management to its customers by appealing to a broader market of potential customers saving time and money and help minimise tenancy failure.

What opportunity do we create?

Reduce homelessness and increase tenancy rights. Our aim is simply to  promote choice, control and community inclusiion by streamlining how genuine supported housing applicants connects with housing providers that re-house them

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