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HomeLink houses its 100th person

September 26 2009
The Quaker scheme which supports ‘non-priority‘ homeless people in east London has housed 1,225 people since 1994 HomeLink, the Quaker Social Action's rent-in-advance scheme, has reached a major milestone - housing its 100th homeless people since launching eight months ago. In total the project has housed 1,225 homeless in the east of London since 1994. Based in Tower Hamlets, HomeLink works to house and support 'non-priority' homeless people in east London. Non-priority means those who are not eligible for emergency housing and who tend remain at the bottom of council housing lists. Councils do get involved though, as HomeLink only takes clients who have been referred from the local authority. HomeLink works by providing landlords with two months rent in advance, which is then claimed back through the housing benefit system, and a guarantee against loss. The paid and volunteer resettlement workers continue to support the service's users after they have been housed. Sustaining a tenancy is one of the key aspects of this scheme. Ninety per cent of the people HomeLink houses and supports are able to maintain their tenancies. Tim Nicholls, manager of HomeLink, said, "Housing 100 people in just eight months is a fantastic result for a small team of four and an even better result for the 100 people with new homes." Homelink have plans to continue the drive to win over more HomeLink-friendly landlords, enabling the many more to be housed.