Project information

Private Sector Property Forum & Project

To bring together some “sympathetic” local property industry and housing experts to explore the current challenges for BYHP’s service users (and other low income groups) in potentially accessing private sector housing provision and to identify opportunities to improve the situation.

6 months

Charity information: BYHP (Supporting Young People In Housing Need)

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  • Need

    Need

    In North Oxfordshire, as a result of housing market pressures emanating from the immediate Oxford City housing market, the Young People in housing need supported by BYHP who are not necessarily priorities for the District Council housing lists, are finding the private rented sector extremely difficult to access and increasingly unaffordable due to increasing market-based rent costs. In addition they are often seen as potential high risk tenants.

    Solution

    By bringing together supportive contacts that BYHP has in the sector, by identifying the main barriers to access and to identify any gaps in the support currently provided to BYHP’s service users and by benchmarking other projects around the UK, we would look to identify constructive actions and partners with whom BYHP could work to reduce the risk of homelessness due to unaffordable housing and to develop a strategy to support Young People in obtaining and maintaining tenancies.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To identify a group of “sympathetic” local property industry experts to help in the project.

    Activities

    » Build a formal network of contacts to be involved in the project.

    Success will be when at least 10 organisations will be "signed up" to support this project.


    Aim 2

    Organise a BYHP Housing Forum to bring these key participants together to explore the issues.

    Activities

    » Put together a local event \"The BYHP Private Sector Property Forum\".

    Success will be the event taking place within 3 months of the project start date.


    Aim 3

    To identify the main barriers to access to the private sector property market for Young People

    Activities

    » Based on prior experience and via dialogue with BYHP service users and other Young People, collate a list of key barriers to access.

    Success will be when a comprehensive list of barriers to access has been produced following discussions with key stakeholders.


    Aim 4

    To identify gaps in support currently provided to BYHP’s service users to help them get tenancies.

    Activities

    » Based on prior experience and via dialogue with BYHP service users and other Young People, collate a list of key barriers to access.

    Success will be when a comprehensive list of gaps in support has been produced following discussions with key stakeholders or confirmation that no gaps in support exist.


    Aim 5

    To identify potential sources of sponsorship / funding for the longer term project.

    Activities

    » Engage with local organisations (public and private sector) once key findings have been outlined and potential solutions identified.

    Success will be when at least 1 organisation will be "signed up" providing sufficient finance to sponsor / fund the longer term project.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The project will potentially provide an innovative approach to obtaining support for vulnerable Young People in securing private sector tenancies, underpinned with education in budgeting, financial management and managing tenancies (via BYHP's employability course) as well as a follow up support / mentoring service to assist the Young People in continuing to live independently and sustain their accommodation. Success of the project will be when Young People have been helped to move in.

    Risk

    There are a number of risks.
    1) that no "sympathetic" property industry organisation can be found;
    To mitigate this, BYHP has already had initial discussions with organisations expressing an interest.
    2) that no viable solutions can be found to improve the situation;
    BYHP has already identified a small number of people already doing things innovatively so we know there are options.
    3) that no longer term financier steps forward;
    BYHP would look to fund the project via specific fundraising events

    Reporting

    We will provide an update every two months to donors to this project, highlighting key activities, the key parties engaged in the process (subject to confidentiality agreements) and the progress made on the key aims and activities, plus any developments in the project plan and successful outcomes.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,770 Staff costs Housing Advice Officer and Head of Business activities on the project.
      £2,500 BYHP Private Sector Forum Event bringing together all of the key sector specialists.
      £1,000 Young People Holding Focus Groups with food / activity incentives for participating.
      £750 Marketing Admin Staff activity & collaterals required to promote the event.
      £980 Contingency To cover all unforeseen / unknown costs (travel and expenses, AV equipment, meeting literature etc.)
  • Background

    Location

    Whilst Banbury is part of North Oxfordshire and hence would be assumed to be relatively affluent, it is home to three particular electoral wards, Grimsbury & Castle, Neithrop and Ruscote which have been measured to be amongst the most deprived in the country, where many BYHP clients live.
    Consequently these wards are the focus of a multi agency programme called Brighter Futures.
    http://www.cherwell.gov.uk/brighterfutures/media/pdf/5/7/Overview_of_local_statistics_on_population_and_skills.pdf

    Beneficiaries

    A number of Young People who currently are unable to access the private sector housing market due to affordability, a lack of credibility with landlords or due to other barriers yet to be identified will benefit from this project.

    In addition, public sector resources may be able to be allocated to other, older people and also the families of the Young People accessing housing via the project may have less chaotic, overcrowded accommodation if Young People can move into appropriate housing.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    BYHP is uniquely placed in North Oxfordshire as the only Young People's charity who works with those who are homeless or in danger of homelessness.

    Consequently, BYHP has access to both a large group of Young People who need to move into housing and also a network of partners in the public sector and the third sector who can contribute to this project.

    Finally BYHP's new Head of Business brings a wealth of local commercial contacts who will be the key partners in supporting the project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Justin Donovan

    Housing & Homelessness Advice Officer

    Tim Tarby-Donald

    Head of Business