Supporting People is a network of organisations that offer housing-related support to vulnerable people. Decent housing is essential to a decent life. But at some point in their lives, many people also need help and support to live safely and happily in their accommodation.
Supporting People is a nationwide scheme run by communities and local government, enabling people to live as independently as possible by funding organisations that provide the support.
People may need housing related support because they are vulnerable for a variety of reasons, such as:
- old age
- domestic violence
- learning disability
- mental health problems
- substance misuse
- physical disability
- risk of offending
Some people may benefit from living in a specific supported housing scheme, such as a hostel, women's refuge or sheltered housing for older people. Others may need help from a support worker who visits them wherever they happen to live (also known as 'floating' support).
These web pages have been designed to give you further information on what is available, who gives the support, how to access support, what support has to be paid for and how to apply for help with any charges.