Babergh District Council - What have we done for you, 2019 - 2022 report

What have we done for you 2022 19 ‘I lost everything I owned - but the council changed my life’ Mr P said: “I was street homeless. I had lost everything I owned. I am now disabled due to spinal surgery and suffer with mental health issues. I was taken off the streets and housed by Babergh and Mid Suffolk in emergency accommodation and was then moved to Sudbury in shared accommodation under the care of Alannah and Carrie. This is when my life changed dramatically. ‘Their professionalism, passion and honesty have been a huge factor in my current situation. I have now moved into a bungalow of my own through the Gateway to Homechoice system, my mental health is stable, and I feel now that having them in my corner, anything is possible. Without them and the accommodation, I have no doubt I would not be here now. You have two ladies who have changed my life completely.’ Central Suffolk Lettings We developed Central Suffolk Lettings (CSL) to increase access to good quality homes in the private rented sector for eligible residents. We’ve formed partnerships with 50 private letting agents and 50 private landlords, and supported hundreds of people. Since its inception in 2020 up to October 2021, we housed more than 90 homeless households. In November 2021, we were assisting 131 homeless households to secure private accommodation across Babergh and Mid Suffolk. But the help goes far beyond just a home. The case of one domestic violence victim illustrates the extent of support ‘Miss N’ had been a victim of domestic violence from her husband since the start of their arranged marriage when she was 14. CSL matched her to a one-bedroom house with a garden, but also: • Worked alongside health partners to help her. • Assisted her in furnishing the new home. • Supported her to open a bank account, apply for Universal Credit, and learn how to save. • Set up her rent account and showed her how to pay. • Made weekly visits to support her to be independent once again. 2019-22 24 homeless households accommodated under the ‘Everyone In’ government scheme at the start of the pandemic. 180 households helped via Disabled Facilities or Minor Adaptation grants totalling £799,596. 587 cases of homelessness supported. £61,556 of welfare benefits secured by our Tenancy Support Team, boosting the incomes of those struggling financially.