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  1. Supported Housing Employment Compact Training December 2009

  2. Why is the Compact being put in place? • Helping homeless people to increase their incomes by getting into work prevents homelessness for the long term • Raising incomes can also: - widen people’s housing choices - increase confidence and reduce isolation - improve mental health - reduce domestic violence and other forms of abuse - create safer and more stable communities • Costs of unemployment are felt by individuals, council tax payers, city council, and government

  3. Unemployment in Newcastle Newcastle residents at end of 2008: • 27.4% of people of working age were economically inactive - 21.2% in the country as a whole • 8.9% were unemployed - 5.7% across the whole country Short term supported housing residents in 08-09: • 44% job seekers • 24% not looking for work • 22% sick or disabled

  4. Homelessness and worklessness Unemployment rate has got much worse for homeless people over last 20 years: • Around 85% of single homeless not in work • In temp. accom: 65% homeless families, 57% under 18s out of work (2005 figures) • Six out of ten homeless people have low or no qualifications

  5. Public Sector Agreements • PSA 16: to increase the proportion of socially excluded adults in settled accommodation and employment, education or training

  6. Newcastle’s Local Area Agreement National Indicator 152: • To reduce the proportion of residents of working age who are on out-of-work benefits to 14.9% by March 2011 • Baseline is 16.3% in 2007

  7. Newcastle’s Employability Action Plan 2008-2011 Priorities are: • Engagement at all stages along the pathway – priority groups are harder-to-reach groups (including homeless), young people, lone parents, people from BME groups, and people in Incapacity Benefit • Progression sustained • Holistic 1-1 support

  8. Places of Change programme • Places of help to make changes: help people to make the changes needed to be able to live independently • Physical changes: £8.5m investment in hostel redevelopment in the city • Changes in approach: Overcome barriers to housing and to work; and get involved in meaningful activities

  9. Other drivers • Welfare reform – people will need to be able to demonstrate that they are moving towards work – or face reduced benefit • Adding value to the other work of supported housing providers in addressing worklessness • Building links with other agencies

  10. Our aims 1. Developing clear progression pathways towards employment for supported housing (and social) residents:- engagement - training- education- employment 2. Same minimum level of help regardless of which landlord or support provider

  11. Our aims • Ensure housing staff know how and where to refer residents to • Ensure opportunities offered within the housing sector are available to all • Be able to demonstrate the outcomes from the offer of help from housing providers

  12. The client journey DIAGNOSTICS JOB PLACEMENT ENGAGEMENT Assessment Pre - engagement RETENTION EMPLOYABILITY SERVICES Stability Phase Employer Involvement

  13. The offer for supported housing residents (homeless sector) • Ask all supported housing customers if they want help to get involved in education, training or employment • Use the Support Plan to help people to identify their goals, strength and weaknesses • Help people to overcome barriers to work, and to develop their skills, confidence, and motivation – and to get involved in meaningful activities • Make referrals to Newcastle Futures (or other services) • Display information about access to employment and skills provision • Monitor outcomes – so we know if the approach is helping

  14. Our partners • Tackling worklessness: Newcastle Futures – employment support agency targeting most disadvantaged and hardest to reach, and strategic co-ordination role • Supporting people into independence: Supporting People – fulfilling government expectations • Supported housing providers • JobCentre Plus and Connexions • Welfare Rights Service