Target Housing is a charity which provides accommodation and support to vulnerable and homeless people who have difficulties sustaining a tenancy. This includes people with complex needs, offenders, those at risk of offending, asylum seekers and people with mental health problems. It was established in 1993 and now provides services in Yorkshire and the Humber, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
Target Housing runs housing and support contracts for a number of councils. The vulnerable clients require tailored support plans to ensure that they can maintain a tenancy and reengage with the community. The support needed ranges from help with benefits, bills and budgeting, to structured programmes addressing difficulties with mental health, alcoholism or drugs. Other clients need help to move into a new area and navigate systems, structures and a language they don’t understand. The charity spends a lot of time sourcing appropriate housing for these vulnerable individuals in the private rental sector. These are often short contracts and with multiple landlords. Target Housing were very aware of the impact of non-decent housing on their vulnerable clients and this added to the amount of time spent sourcing decent accommodation.
SASC invested £3m in Target Housing, through its Social and Sustainable Housing (SASH) fund. As a result, Target Housing will be able to purchase 30 houses over 18 months. These purchases will expand the number of properties that the charity owns.
The SASH loan enables Target to optimise the outcomes it achieves under the statutory contracts it delivers. The houses purchased in Sheffield and Doncaster allow them greater control of the housing stock they have available and offer them greater flexibility to offer bespoke housing provision to clients.
Shaun Needham, CEO, Target Housing, speaking at the launch event for Social and Sustainable Housing.