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Norwich social enterprise selected for programme tackling UK housing market problems

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:46 26 September 2018

Your Own Place has been selected for the Young Foundation's Reimagining Rent accelerator, to work on solutions to the UK's housing crises. Founder and director Rebecca White with, left, Jarrod Ewles (tenancy and independant living trainer) and Simon George, a former service user.
 Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Your Own Place has been selected for the Young Foundation's Reimagining Rent accelerator, to work on solutions to the UK's housing crises. Founder and director Rebecca White with, left, Jarrod Ewles (tenancy and independant living trainer) and Simon George, a former service user. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2017

The current crises in the housing market and private rental sector are well-documented – and now a Norfolk social enterprise has joined a programme hoping to tackle them.

Community interest company Your Own Place, which helps disadvantaged young adults to move into and manage in their own homes, is among seven new projects selected for the Reimagining Rent accelerator programme, run by the Young Foundation.

As part of the programme Your Own Place, based in Johnson Place in Norwich, will focus on starting conversations with private landlords to explore what their needs are in relation to their younger, more vulnerable and benefit-claiming tenants.

It will work with the voluntary sector and local authorities to develop and run workshops with landlords to understand their challenges and to test and evaluate potential solutions.

Your Own Place is part of the Future50 scheme, which recognises some of the fastest-growing companies in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Rebecca White, founder and chief executive, said: “Your Own Place sees many young people move into rented accommodation without much of idea what to expect. This is not great for them or the landlord who may be totally reliant on getting their rent.

“We want to work with both parties. It’s no use demonising private landlords – they provide an invaluable housing solution. But in the face of universal credit, stretched incomes and the housing crisis, let’s work together to find solutions to better tenant experiences all round.

“With the nine dynamic workshops, sector mentors and six innovative organisations on the Reimagining Rent accelerator, combined with the Young Foundation’s contacts and influence, we hope to establish better ways of working to free up the housing market and keep young people safe and secure in their homes.”

Helen Goulder, chief executive of the Young Foundation, said: “With millions of people trapped in insecure and expensive housing — and the most vulnerable in our society suffering the most – we need to think differently about how to fix renting.”

Reimagining Rent is funded by the Nationwide Foundation, which aims to increase the availability of decent, affordable homes for people in housing need.

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