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Accommodation solution for ex-forces personnel

Accommodation solution for ex-forces personnel

Not having a permanent address to go when leaving the armed forces can make the transition back to civilian life tricky, not least because it can prevent basic steps such as setting up a bank account or securing a new job.

Armed forces personnel often think that they will automatically be given Council housing on leaving service, but this is not the case, leading to many needing to find private rented or social housing accommodation.

For former armed forces personnel, regular or reserve, looking for somewhere to live in Liverpool, Adullam Homes’ Princes Project could be the answer.

An old Seaman’s Mission in Toxteth bought by the housing association some years ago with the help of a grant now offers single person unfurnished flats to ex-services personnel, male or female, with a housing need.

A small number of the flats are two-bedroomed, making them ideal for anyone with a child.

A pre-tenancy assessment is done including an assessment of financial needs, which if successful will lead to a six-month Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST). Assuming rent is paid, and no anti-social behaviour is committed, this will then become a rolling periodic tenancy.

Adullam staff at the Princes Project that will liaise with applicants have ex-forces experience themselves or have served in a disciplined service.

At sign-up, in addition to the financial inclusion assessment, tenants will be sign-posted to support services and for those needing help with furnishing there is some scope to assist with this via charities and support organisations.

Anyone who qualifies for the accommodation and is interested in applying or finding out more should contact Housing Officer Daniel Evans on 01260294428.

Adullam Homes Housing Association provides specialist accommodation and services throughout the Midlands, North West, Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Wales to support more than 1,000 people at any one time.