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As the landscape of supported housing evolves, it's crucial for local authorities to navigate these changes effectively. With the rapid growth of non-commissioned private supported housing, understanding the local context is more vital than ever.

At Homeless Link, we specialise in Supported Housing Needs Assessments tailored to empower local authorities in understanding supported housing in their area.

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The Needs Assessment work that Homeless Link carried out has...meant we were able to undertake our commissioning with confidence.
Hull City Council

Why are Supported Housing Needs Assessments important?

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    1. Improving support

    There are lots of concerns surrounding standards in supported housing, as the higher levels of housing benefit available for supported housing has created perverse financial incentives. Needs Assessments can help identify gaps in housing placement and support services, ensuring councils can take steps to ensure that individuals receive the care they need to thrive.
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    2. Value for money

    Understanding the needs of individuals in the housing your council funds is essential for effective resource allocation. Needs Assessments can shed light on potential mismatches between demand and supply, as well as coordination issues among stakeholders.
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    3. Strategic planning

    Planning without knowing the needs of those you serve is like navigating in the dark. Armed with insights from our assessments, local authorities can craft strategic plans for improvement based on the specific needs of residents. We help identify key stakeholders, understand user needs, and uncover barriers to effective service delivery.
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    4. Regulatory compliance

    The Supported Housing (Regulatory Oversight) Act 2023, now requires local authorities to conduct a Supported Housing Needs Assessments so compliance is paramount. Our consultancy services ensure local authorities meet regulatory requirements.

How we can help

If your local authority is seeking to conduct a comprehensive Supported Housing Needs Assessment, we're here to assist you every step of the way. Working with us can help provide you with:

  1. Independent view: As an external organisation, we offer an impartial perspective and can effectively engage with challenging stakeholders, providing an objective view of both commissioned and non-commissioned services.
  2. Time savings: Undertaking a Needs Assessment can be daunting. Partnering with Homeless Link allows you to focus on day-to-day delivery while we handle time-consuming data collection and analysis, providing you with the evidence to make informed decisions.
  3. Experienced support: We have a wealth of experience working with local authorities nationwide, including collaborations Hull, Nottingham, Medway, Haringey and Derby.

Speak to us today about getting better understanding of your local supported housing landscape.

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Sophie Price

Consultancy Manager

Sophie coordinates a wide range of tailored support to the sector including research, evaluations and strategies.