5. Prevention of homelessness
Rent Deposit Scheme
The Council operates a 'Rent Deposit Scheme' to help people secure alternative accommodation in the private sector in order to prevent and relieve their homelessness. The scheme consists of a 'guarantee bond' to cover the deposit and an interest free rent in advance loan. Eligibility for this scheme will depend on individual circumstances, your housing officer will offer this option to you if appropriate.
Homemaker work in partnership with the Council who refer customers to Homemaker for affordability assessments on current or future private rented accommodation, they can give budgeting and benefit advice, and provide ongoing casework for more complex cases in financial difficulty.
Supported housing projects in the East Devon and Exeter area include (but not limited to) Alexandra House, Amber, YMCA, Esther Community, Morwenna Court, Fernley, Howell Road, Gabriel House. Your housing officer will discuss suitable options with you and can refer you.
Your housing officer can refer you to Santuary Supported Living for floating support including help with debts, finances, bills, finding and setting up a new tenancy, moving.
Nightstop provides emergency overnight accommodation for young people between the ages of 16-25 with a host family. Your housing officer can refer you and accommodation is provided on a night by night basis.
Devon Home Choice
Register to apply for social housing advertised in Devon.
The demand for social housing is much greater than the supply in this area, so even if you are a high priority it may take a long time to secure housing. Because of this we encourage all applicants to look at all housing options including; privated rented, mutual exchange and shared ownership schemes.
Young Devon work in partnership with the Council to prevent and relieve homelessness for 16-24 year olds in East Devon.
Young People's Housing Advice
The Young People's Housing Advice site site is designed for young people, parents and practitioners within Devon to access information and advice with the aim of preventing youth homelessness. The site contains helpful information for young people and parents, up to date housing advice and legislation as well as filmed case studies and supported housing walkthroughs.