I know nothing at all about this subject - but I have a friend who was in a hostel in Kenbury Street SE5 for about 2 years and eventually got a lovely flat in St George Wharf at Vauxhall - a social housing part of the development managed by Notting Hill Housing.Hi All,
New to this and hope this is the right thread to post my question and experience. I am currently in the homeless pathway for women which is managed by St Mungo's The Broadway. I am already on the housing list in band C2 and bid weekly. I have been advised by CAB who made enquiries for me that should I moved onto the "PRAS" (Private Rented ? Scheme) I would be placed in a private accommodation with a Housing Benefit rent cover guarantee for two years. I would also be placed on the higher bidding band B. My worries here are, what happens after 2 years? and well does going along with this really set me up in a better position to bid?
However, after speaking to one of the area managers today from the charity I was told that they've flat out been told in area meetings with Lambeth Council that "there is no social housing for your clients" and the person themselves said "there is no social housing in Lambeth". I asked if I could look to neighbouring boroughs and was told "no" as I don't have a connection. I have family connection in social housing in Kensington and Chelsea but ha! that's less likely. I appreciate that there are market forces at play regarding the "trendy Brixton" movement, which is why I am happy to look at neighbouring boroughs.
But it's really confusing to know what to do. Some people have refused the PRAS pathway and eventually got given a direct offer, however their circumstances where more extreme than mine. So I would like some advice of what to do.
Lost in the Maze
I'm not saying is is easy - after all I would describe 2 years of bidding as persistent effort on my friend's part. But he did manage it.
He got his flat 2 years ago.
My feeling is he would have been less likely to have got his successful offer if he had moved out of the hostel into private rented. But as I say I am just articulating a hunch. Maybe someone else can advise you with benefit of full knowledge of the system.