Newydd Housing Association is leading one of five UK housing projects helping homeless people - or those at risk of homelessness - to rent a home through a new £150k fund.

The Help-To-Rent funding programme has been commissioned by Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, and will support the five projects to continue their innovative work enabling single homeless people to find long-term solutions to their homelessness.

The funding will allow Newydd to work alongside the Vale of Glamorgan Council, and partners Wales and West Housing, Hafod Housing Association and United Welsh, to promote a shared housing model in the Social Rented Sector, called Rooms4U. The common housing register in the county, Homes4U will be used to promote Rooms4U and allocate shared housing in both the social and private rented sectors, as well as develop partnerships between both sectors.

Cllr Bronwen Brooks, Cabinet Member for Housing and Social Care and Health, said: “The Vale of Glamorgan Council is delighted to be working with Newydd Housing Association to deliver such a worthwhile project. Homelessness is a huge problem nationally and this initiative should help some of the most vulnerable people within the Vale find safe, affordable accommodation.”

The winners were announced to delegates attending Crisis’, ‘The Private Rented Sector – A Home For All?’ conference on 2nd November 2016.

Chris Hancock, Head of Housing at Crisis, said, “We are delighted to announce the five recipients of our funding programme and look forward to supporting the delivery of these outstanding projects for the next two years. We hope the projects we’ve chosen can share their learning both locally and across the UK, while we continue to make the case for funding.”

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