The Bond Board is a registered charity that has an impact on homelessness and the well-being of homeless and vulnerable private rented sector households. We provide Bond Guarantees in lieu of a cash deposit for private rented tenancies, along with a range of holistic support services in 1-1 and group settings. We enable vulnerable, homeless households to get housed, maintain their new homes and maximise opportunities to achieve a brighter future.
Operating since 1993, The Bond Board continuously looks for opportunities to develop innovative, solution focused services for homeless households. At the heart of what we do lies a commitment to actively reach out to the most excluded and disadvantaged. We never give up on those who have given up on themselves or waiver in our belief that with the right support, everyone has the ability to learn, grow and develop.
10 things you need to know about The Bond Board’s Impact in 2018/19
1: A total of 1250 vulnerable households received our services, which included housing for the homeless, housing advice, benefit advice, support to increase independent living skills, access to training and employment and to reduce fuel and food poverty. 190 Private landlords and agents worked in partnership with The Bond Board to house homeless households. What landlords say about us;
‘The Bond Board provides tenancy support as and when required. This assists tenants in maintaining their tenancies more effectively, leading to less problem tenancies, damage and rent arrears, so it makes my business more profitable’.
‘The claims I have had to make against the bond guarantee at the end of a tenancy have been agreed with little disagreement and payments made in an efficient and timely manner’.
2: 92% of our Making the Link support clients maintained their tenancies. 92% increased their self-confidence, 94% reduced their social isolation and 72% learned new skills.
3: We provided 160 new Bond Guarantees to house homeless households (including 118 children) into decent, affordable private rented accommodation. We housed 51 homeless households from temporary homeless accommodation, enabling them to resettle into a long tern home and freeing up space for others in need. 609 formerly homeless households are currently housed by The Bond Board in the private rented sector and are able to access all of our support services whenever they need them.
4: We had 651 attendances from homeless and low income private tenants at our ‘Quid’s In’ workshops – receiving health checks, benefits advice, increasing knowledge of and access to services and learning budgeting skills.
5: What our Service users say about us.
Watch Anne’s story HERE
Hear from a service user, Natalie, HERE
6. Our innovative Social Enterprise housing management scheme Letting Out continues to flourish, now managing 83 properties on behalf of 54 landlords. We have been a key delivery agent in the GM Entrenched Rough Sleeper project, housing 10 clients across Greater Manchester with new properties taken on in Bolton, Oldham and Wigan to help deliver this project. We currently have 57 single people, childless couples and young sharers housed with 36 families all housed in affordable, accessible private rented housing. We have shown an ability to adapt and meet local need, providing properties for Young Adults leaving Care and also move-on options for people in temporary accommodation. Currently 59 amount of clients have been in their home for over 12 months, highlighting long-term sustainability with 71% of tenancies being long-term.
7: We put £1,659,681.96 back into the pockets of our service users via benefit applications/appeals, debt reduction and successful grant applications.
8: The Bond Board works collaboratively in partnership with local authorities, voluntary sector organisations and private sector landlords to re-house and/or support homeless households in Greater Manchester. What partner agencies say about us:
‘They demonstrate a respectful and dignified approach to the client group’. Rochdale Acute Trust
‘They always provide a flexible, client focused approach’. Rochdale MBC Homeless Team
9: We are excited to be launching additional services this coming year, including; ● intensive 1-1 strengths based support for the most excluded and vulnerable homeless service users, ● a flexible tenancy scheme giving service users more control over the length of the tenancy they sign up for ● providing housing and/or support for households who have just received a decision on an asylum application● working in partnership with a range of social housing providers and voluntary sector agents to deliver the Greater Manchester Housing First pilot project, a 3 year government funded project which aims to house and provide intensive support an additional 400 vulnerable and disengaged homeless people.
10. We believe that people who have experienced homelessness and hardship are best placed to design and deliver services for others in a similar situation. Watch our volunteer service users helping others in need HERE
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