The cost of accommodation represents one of the highest challenges to local authority budgets and often with little evidence of achieving good outcomes for the young people.
At 18 young people have to leave care anyway unless staying put is a real option. By giving people choice and ownership as to how they move to independence we can support them to live in their own accommodation from the age of 17.
The House Project approach provides intensive support and with the development of a community of support, for as long as is required, it replicates the principles of ‘staying put’ and staying close’. With skilled and experienced staff the project provides a safe step down from residential/foster care, allowing their support to be provided at lower costs.
House Projects deliver improved outcomes for young people at lower costs and reduces the demand on wider local authority and partner agency budgets with fewer tenancy breakdowns, improved emotional, physical and mental health and less contact with criminal justice services.