We undertook a survey with project users and steering group members which looked at a number of different areas and outcomes. Some of the results of this survey can be found below.
From the tenants who responded to the feedback questionnaire, the profile of our sharers were:
- 100% white British
- 60% Heterosexual and 40% Gay man or woman
- 50% were sofa surfing, 30% were living with family or friends, 10% were street homeless and 10% had their own tenancy
- 70% were unemployed and 30% were in some form of employment
- 40% considered themselves to have a disability
- 60% were female and 40% were male
Total number of tenancies: 21
Tenancies sustained past 12 months: 14
Positive move on: 8
Neutral move on: 1
Negative move on: 1
Average tenancy duration (for tenancies that have ended): 216
With the U-turn on the Local Housing Allowance, young people are still eligible for a one-bedroom property but affordability is an issue where the tenant may only be in receipt of Universal Credit or Job Seekers Allowance with no other benefits to top up their income. We offer support around employability and training with the aim of securing permanent employment which will allow them to be able to move onto self-contained accommodation which is affordable and sustainable.
A number of tenants have moved on from shared housing. Positive move on reasons have included:
- Moving in with a partner
- Rekindled family relationships
- Move to take up employment
- Move to take up education
- Client funded own move
- Moved to social housing – one tenant moved into a one-bedroom property within the same block as the shared flat.
One of the tenancies deemed as ending negatively was due to sharer relationship breakdown. The tenant moved into another shared property and has since gone on to move in with his partner. He accrued significant credit on his rent account which enabled him to leave with a deposit high enough to secure a property in the private sector with his partner.
We asked tenants about their future aspirations. 70% of tenants said that they would like to move on to self-contained accommodation.
The main reasons for tenants wanting to move from shared accommodation included:
- Not having my own kitchen and/or bathroom (40%)
- Living with people I don’t know very well (40%)
- Feeling unsafe (40%)
- Disputes within the house (30%)
- Mess or hygiene concerns (40%)
There were however better responses for why tenants like living in shared housing:
- Having my own space (70%)
- Making friends (40%)
- Having carpets and white goods included (50%)
- Being close to transport, shops and amenities (50%)
Physical and mental health outcomes
We asked tenants to rate their mental and physical health before moving into shared housing and then re-evaluate it after settling into their tenancy.
- 90% of tenants reported an improvement in their physical health
- 70% of tenants rated their physical health as a 4 or 5 after moving into a shared property compared to 30% before moving in
- 50% of tenants rated their Mental Health as a 1 or 2 prior to moving into their shared property
- Only 20% rated their health a 1 or 2 whilst living in their shared property
- 80% of tenants rated their Mental Health a 3 or 4 whilst living in shared housing compared to 50% prior to moving in