Focus On: Housing Provision
New research published by The Directory of Social
Change (DSC), funded by Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), finds that 78 armed forces
charities deliver housing support to at least 11,600 beneficiaries annually,
with charities spending at least £40 million on housing provision in the
Charities provide over 10,000 beds across the UK
47 charities provide accommodation services,
collectively providing at least 4,700 properties across the UK, which have a
total capacity to house at least 10,200 people.
Charities provided a wide range of accommodation
types, which responded to different housing needs. Adapted housing and
subsidised rental accommodation were the most common types of support,
delivered by almost three-fifths of charities which own or manage
Almost three-quarters of total beds are based in
England, which may make it difficult for people in other regions to access
housing. Further research exploring armed forces population density and
regional housing policies is needed to investigate whether there is a shortfall
of accommodation outside of London.
Services extend beyond bricks and mortar
Support services play an important role in helping
beneficiaries to secure and maintain suitable housing. Common support services
included signposting and help with housing searches/applications. DSC found
that almost half of the charities delivering housing support offered grants,
the most common of which were awarded for home repairs and maintenance, and
A highly collaborative and responsive sector
DSC found small pockets of charities delivering
highly directed services, including, housing for disabled or injured
beneficiaries, sheltered living for elderly beneficiaries, and homeless
The sector adopted an impressively coordinated and
co-operative approach to service delivery. 92% of survey respondents
experienced benefits of partnership and rates of collaboration with fellow
forces charities was high. Yet, partnerships with mainstream charities, housing
associations and the MOD were less common.
Initiatives such as the award winning Cobseo
Housing Cluster, and the Veterans Housing Advice Office, serve as great
examples of cross-sector collaboration, these models could be more widely
adopted more widely adopted and engaged with by the wider sector.
Forces Charities’ Housing Provision launched on the
28th June Armed. To mark its release,
DSC attended the Cobseo Cluster Gathering and FIMpacT conference to share the
report’s key findings. Click here to download the full report.