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Housing: Temporary Accommodation

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to help those living in hostels who are ready to move on to more permanent settled accommodation. (157407)

My Department is involved in a range of initiatives to help people move on from hostels. Homeless Link's Move On Plans Protocol (MOPP) will provide local authorities with a better understanding of move on need and allow them to overcome a range of barriers through formal partnerships with the voluntary sector. Broadway's Real Letting project aims to promote improved access to the private rented sector for hostel residents. The Transitional Spaces Project will tackle low turnaround of single people in hostels by providing a 'work first' model to improve access to employment and private rented sector housing.

The key outcome of our £90 million Hostels Capital Improvement Programme will be to increase the number of people who move on positively from a hostel to a job or training and a settled home.