St Albans City and District Council has been awarded more than £500K by the Government to fund extra services to help reduce homelessness over the next two years.
This new funding follows a government decision earlier this year to change the way councils receive funding for homelessness prevention services.
Among a number of initiatives, the Council will fund the St Albans District Credit Union to provide ‘Jamjar’ savings accounts for tenants so they can set aside money to meet their housing costs and pay their rent and increase existing funding for the Credit Union to help more people access loans to pay private sector landlords deposits and the first month’s rent. So far, council funding under this scheme has helped more than 200 people into accommodation since 2010.
Cllr Brian Ellis, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Inclusion, for St Albans City and District Council, said “Demand for council housing is high and there is limited availability, so we are referring some people who are seeking housing assistance to the private rented sector. To make it easier for people to find privately rented homes, we are encouraging landlords to make their properties available through a new scheme. We are also providing funding to the Credit Union so people can access affordable loans for deposits and their first month’s rent.”