Community Housing Cymru (CHC) and Cymorth Cymru are working together to call for a significant increase in the housing support grant (HSG) when the Welsh government publishes its budget for 2022-23.
The HSG is the Welsh government’s principal funding stream for preventing homelessness and supporting independent living. Every year it helps more than 60,000 people to avoid homelessness, escape abuse, live in their own homes and thrive in their communities. Through the provision of refuge, supported accommodation and tenancy support services, the HSG prevents people from sleeping rough, enables people to leave abusive relationships, helps people to overcome mental health problems, and works with people to build on their strengths and fulfil their aspirations.
This year, we are making three calls to Welsh Government to:
- Provide a three-year indicative funding settlement for the Housing Support Grant, which increases by at least inflation each year, from a baseline of £166 million.
- Invest at least £300 million for Social Housing Grant in the 2022/23 Welsh budget, to a total £1.5 billion over five years.
- Allocate funding in the 2022/23 budget to enable local authorities to continue to provide emergency accommodation and support to people experiencing homelessness.
Where can I find out more?
You can access our impact report here.
What difference has the campaign made before?
Following joint lobbying between CHC and Cymorth Cymru, significant investment has been made in the area of tackling homelessness and supporting independent living. Following the circa £50m investment in emergency accommodation and transforming supported housing during 2020/21, funding for the housing support and homelessness prevention grants have been increased by £40million and £4million respectively for 2021/22. This represents a 32% and 22% increase on 2020/21, and reverses 10 years of real terms cuts to housing-related support funding.
How can I get involved?
You can get involved in the following ways:
talk to local elected representatives, partners and decision-makers about the importance of housing-related support. Share examples of the difference that it makes to individuals and the savings it makes to other services.
explore with your local housing associations routes that you can work together to provide support to enable people to live independent, fulfilled lives.