Temporary Accommodation Scheme
The Care Society have managed temporary accommodation units throughout Ceredigion on behalf of the Local Authority since 2005. This Project delivers the strategic housing objectives of the Welsh Government in preventing homelessness (as detailed in the Housing Act 2014) and consequently forms a fundamental part of the Local Authority Housing Strategy.
Who can access the Scheme?
People accessing the service are referred by the Local Authority Housing Team who will assess whether you are eligible for assistance. If they find that you are, they will refer you to the Care Society Temporary Accommodation Scheme. This would generally be after an initial interview at the Council, where you would have to satisfy priority need status or where priority need status is under investigation, or you are referred under a statutory power. Under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014, priority need means persons who are:
- vulnerable i.e. medical condition, etc.
- homeless or threatened with homelessness
- suffering domestic abuse
- aged 16 or 17
- between 18 to 21 but at risk of sexual or financial exploitation
- Looked after/ Care leavers under 21
- homeless since leaving armed services
- local connection and vulnerable due to leaving prison/ custody/ remand
Housing (Wales) Act 2014
The Temporary Accommodation Scheme focuses on seeking solutions for the good of the community and alleviating, to an extent, the strain placed on the Local Authority Housing Department in carrying out its obligations to provide suitable accommodation for persons in need. The statutory obligations of the Local Authority under Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 include:
- Section 73 and 75 – Duty to secure accommodation for homeless applicants, the primary objective of the temporary accommodation project.
- Section 59 – Suitability and affordability of accommodation. The Care Society provide managed accommodation and work with the Local Authority in maintaining standards and ensuring appropriate placements.
- Section 60 – providing information, advice and assistance with housing needs. This includes access to all Care Society support services and resettlement options.
- Section 64 and 65 – provision of help to secure accommodation. This can be provided by the Local Authority along with access to the private rented sector, for instance the Care Society Social Lettings Scheme.
- Section 68 – Interim duty to secure accommodation for homeless people in priority need.
The Care Society have trained staff who warden the project and who are available 24 hours a day.
It can be a house, flat or room in a shared house and is available to single persons, couples, families and/or disabled persons.
Other services available to people in temporary accommodation include:
- Tenancy support worker to help you get back up on your feet again and to live as independently as possible. They can help with housing and welfare benefits related assistance (see Tenancy Support Service).
- Signposting to other specialist agencies e.g. substance misuse services, mental health services, etc.
- Move on from temporary accommodation options through the Care Society Social Lettings Agency (see Social Lettings Tenant Services).
- Bond Scheme to secure future tenancies (see Bond Scheme).
- Access to food and food banks.