The potentially homeless in the Glasgow area can get help from rent and various deposit schemes. Organisations, many of which are private or government agencies, work to assist vulnerable people with their housing needs. Some of the services include grants, bond guarantees, applications for housing benefits, and much more.
Financial assistance may be offered in the form of schemes. Also, other programmes are available in the Lancashire County area. They include free legal aid, ongoing tenant support, property inspections, and referral to support services in Glasgow and nearby cities and towns. People that are homeless, or facing eviction, have many solutions available to them.
Any help from rent schemes is limited and comes with conditions. Clients normally need to attend job training, education or budgeting workshops. Social workers will partner with the client on housing stabilization. While the charities try to help as many people as possible with their deposits or paying rent arrears, funds are limited.
Adullam Homes Housing Association – Those that are eligible tend to be homeless, the disabled, ex-offenders, individuals threatened with evictions, and others. They operate a rent deposit as well as a guarantee scheme for those that qualify. Note that the applicant must be willing to address the crisis that lead to rent arrears or debt issue. Some of the other resources provided by the organization includes inspections of properties, landlord and tenant mediation, support services for tenants, and information on UK housing benefits and applications. All of this, and more, is offered in additional to rent help. The location is at 69-87 Bolton Road, Bury, Lancashire, SK17 6DH, call 01298 73798.
Blackburn and Darwen Borough Council offers services deposits and also rent. The homeless, disabled, people with mental health issues, and others with a local connection can get assistance. The government agency offers Bond Guarantees, advice on benefit maximization, and a fast track service. The Blackburn Organisation also provides links to landlord accreditation schemes. There is also help in finding properties in the Glasgow area in which deposit schemes or benefits can be used. Legal support for evictions is provided too. Room 102 Town Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 7DY, Phone: 01254585444.
Blue Triangle Housing Association can assist the homeless and people facing eviction. There is housing support such as referrals to bond guarantees. Other assistance is part of floating support and schemes to pay rent on a private accommodation. 3rd Floor, 100 Berkeley Street, Glasgow, G3 7HU, 0141 221 8365 Calico administers a Floating Support programme. It offers support and advice to people who need assistance to gain skills to live independently, including domestic violence victims. After an assessment, training, support, and skills is for people that need help in living independently. There is also help for tenants, assistance with deposits, and applications for loans and care grants. Centenary Court, Croft Street, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 2ED, Phone: 0800 169 2407.
Face-To-Face of YMCA – The homeless may qualify for a deposit guarantee scheme. Those facing evictions/homelessness in the Fylde area of Glasgow may also access housing benefits or rent schemes. Each application for help is judged on merit, with priorities used in some cases. Various housing and tenant support is provided by Face-To-Face as well as Bond Guarantees and other benefits. Advice is also provided by the not-for profit as well as referrals for furniture, welcome kits, and other housing support. When needed, the scheme and social workers act as mediator in any landlord disputes. The Paterson Centre, 75 St Albans Rd, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 1XD, Phone: 01253 720270.
Foundation of Lanarkshire County and northern England provides help for people over age 18 with past history of homelessness and social issues. Clients, include sofa surfers, can benefit from deposit schemes, tenant support programmes, Bond guarantees, and rent in advance schemes too. Another option for individuals is the centre in Hambleton. This location focuses on young people, including those that are not in not in priority need. Rent schemes, applications for government housing, advice, and other funds are provided. Tennant Hall, Blenheim Grove, Leeds LS2 9ET, Phone: 0113 3030150
Foundation Housing is a not for profit that offers accommodation for singles that are now homeless, families, or even in some cases lone parents. Shelter is offered in the Glasgow region as well as assistance from social workers with finding properties in the PRS. Numerous other schemes may be provided too. Tennant Hall, Blenheim Grove, Leeds, LS2 9ET, Phone: 0113 3030150. There is also a Foundation Hynburn office. Shelter and housing services include signposting for education or employment opportunities, direct payment of UK Housing Benefits, referrals to rental schemes, and even landlord services such as forums. Blenheim Grove, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9ET, Phone: 0113 3030150.
Glasgow Central Citizens Advice Bureau provides information to tenants on programmes available to them. Assistance may be in the form of homeless prevention, schemes for paying rent arrears or the deposit on new accommodations, and other aid. 88 Bell Street, 1st Floor, Glasgow, G1 1LQ, 44 141 552 5556
Glasgow Simon Community is a leading organisation for the homeless and people looking for private accommodation to contact for help. Some of their key services include RSVP, which is for rough sleepers, they administer projects for the disabled and those with mental illness, and provide information on security deposit schemes.
Details on the various housing benefits administered, including referrals, are offered as part of their Adult Support Service unit. This is the main group involved in resettling and preventing homelessness in Glasgow. Read Glasgow Simon Community services.
Green Vale Homes provides assistance in the form of bond schemes. Additional housing support, such as rental schemes, are also offered for people receiving benefits, low income families, and individuals facing homelessness. There is also help for people on the Homes waiting list. The not-profit, working with Rossendale Council, guarantees the tenant a bond equal to up to one month of rent costs. The landlord needs to agree as well, and the Housing Options Team located on Lord Street, Rawtenstall will help people apply. Green Vale Court, New Hall Hey Road, Rawtenstall, BB4 6HR, Telephone number is 0300 555 5556.
Kirkintilloch Baptist Church offers a signposting service. Clients will learn about deposit schemes in the city of Glasgow, and these can help a family find and move into a new home. The charity can refer a prospective tenant to council run schemes, welfare grant programmes for rent, and other aid. More on services from Kirkintilloch Baptist Church.
Lancaster City Council Homeless Prevention programme – They offer rental schemes to those facing homelessness within one month. Advisers negotiate with landlords, offer supported housing, assist with flats in the private rent sector in Glasgow, and offer benefits, financial assistance and rent schemes to prevent homelessness. Morecambe Town Hall, Marine Road, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 5AF, Phone: 01524 582257
Maundy Relief Trust assists with different needs in the Lanarkshire County, including mental, physical, legal support and others in the community. They get clients from the drop-in centre, self-referrals, or other charity organisations. They address poverty and help people apply for rent, benefits and other schemes. Maundy Relief is located at 29-31 Abbey Street, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 1EN, 01254 232 328. Find more information.
Nacro Blackpool Floating Support – This organisation helps tenants gain the skills they need to maintain a home or tenancy. Assistance is for the homeless who are not in priority need. Social workers also help with budgeting, claiming government grants, work opportunities, and referrals to services in Glasgow. Other help is for paying rent in advance and claiming welfare benefits. NWT Hub, 85-87 Abingdon Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PP, Phone: 01253 299944
Pendle Action for the Community and its staff assists homeless people, including youth, in the area of Pendle. Resettlement is provided, programmes for domestic violence victims, people facing eviction, and others. Locate help with Housing Benefit assistance in the private sector and applications for deposit schemes. Direct payments and legal aid is provided. Those with debts or rent arrears may also apply. Another solution is the Pendle Bond Guarantee Scheme. This is for those receiving benefits, low income, or families that are unable to raise a sufficient bond. Applications must be submitted to Housing Needs Authority. A bond guarantee of up £150 is provided. Another benefit is the applicant is free to find their own private accommodation in the area. Town Hall, Market Street, Nelson, BB9 7LG
Preston Housing Authority and their bond scheme is for families, young people, and couples. They may qualify for a rent or deposit scheme. The PBS – Preston Bond Scheme is for people looking for a private accommodation in the Glasgow area that cannot afford the deposit on their own. It may cover up to six months of rent. References and other requirements are in place in order to get a cash deposit. Town Hall, Birley Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2QE, Tel: 01772 906 900
Scotcash is a loan program that is run by the Housing Authority and the council. A small amount of money can be issued to an applicant for paying their deposit even those with poor credit scores or a bankruptcy in the past. Prospective tenants in Glasgow should not rely on the scheme, but the funds are issued at an affordable interest rate and the loans can pay a portion of the rental deposit due to the property owner. More on Glasgow Scotcash loans.
South Lanarkshire Council – People facing homelessness may be able to get help from several different schemes or social housing services. They will assist families with dealing with private landlords, arrange affordable accommodations, and also offer information on any deposit or rental schemes that are available in the area. The housing benefits from South Lanarkshire Council are effective at helping low income families.
South Ribble Churches – The charity operates a Rent Guarantee Scheme. The local council and churches assist with housing needs. A written bond will be issued to the tenant. Help is for the homeless, low income and those threatened with evictions. Apply at the Housing Options Team at South Ribble Borough Council for a rent scheme or other financial assistance. They can also help people apply for energy grants or Housing Benefits and fast track the claim if needed. Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland, Lancashire, PR25 1DH
West Lancashire District Council offers their schemes to individuals claiming income benefits or low wages, single people, and other vulnerable people. Deposit assistance is for people that have found a property to rent in the Lanarkshire County or Glasgow area. There is also rent payment assistance for the recently evicted. The Homelessness Advice & Prevention Team help run the rent schemes and can also assist with security deposits. The payment will usually be made directly to the landlord. Wespec House, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 2DQ, Phone: 01695 577177