Supported Housing Alliance

The Supported Housing Alliance (SHA) is Homeless Link’s dedicated policy programme supporting those of our members providing supported accommodation services. 

Supported Housing Alliance

We work with providers, commissioners and experts by experience across our membership to champion the vital contribution supported housing makes to some of the most vulnerable groups in society. SHA also gives our members a voice in shaping policy and practice across the sector.

What is supported housing?

Supported housing is any housing scheme where housing, support and sometimes care services are provided as an integrated package. Some schemes are long-term, designed for people who need ongoing support to live independently, others are short-term, designed to help people develop the emotional and practical skills needed to move into more mainstream housing. This can include support with health needs, including mental health, drug and alcohol use, managing benefits and debt, developing daily living skills and accessing education, training and employment.

At any one time, over 600,000 people rely on supported housing to provide a secure place to live and to offer appropriate care and support.

The purpose of supported housing is to enable people to live as independently as possible within their community, with a real focus on social inclusion. Supported housing schemes support a wide range of people, including those who are homeless, people living with mental illness, learning disabilities or recovering from substance misuse, people who have spent their childhood in care, are fleeing domestic violence, or those who are elderly and need extra support to live independently. Supported housing services include homelessness hostels, refuges, sheltered housing and long-term accommodation for people with ongoing support needs.

What is the Supported Housing Alliance currently working on?

Our current focus for the Supported Housing Alliance is to ensure that the Government proposals for changes to supported housing funding do not put vital services at risk and leave thousands of people without the support they need. You can read more about the Government’s plans in our policy blogs and find out our priorities for any new funding system in our Future Focus report. We’ll be keeping members updated as the next iteration of the plans is published – we are expecting more news towards the end of this year. Please sign up for our newsletter and keep an eye on our Twitter account @SH_Alliance for all the latest updates.

Sitra has now merged with Homeless Link. In addition to the Supported Housing Alliance, please take a look at our trainingconsultancy and membership offer for the supported housing sector.