21st January, 2015

A new research report published by YMCA England on 20th January highlights the frustration many supported accommodation residents face as growing housing pressures leave them trapped and unable to move on to independent living.

The research found that over 4 in 5 (81%) of supported accommodation residents surveyed confessed to worrying about being able to find somewhere to live when they are ready to move on. With over half (56%) of residents feeling ready to move on but unable to do so, and one in five (20%) left waiting for over six months.

The reasons why people are unable to move out of supported housing include a lack of suitable low-cost housing, landlord decisions which prevent those on benefits or low income from taking on a property, high costs of rent and living, coupled with the fact that less than a third (30%) are able to save any money for a deposit.