The Supported Lodgings Scheme is designed to support young people during their transition into independent living.
The scheme supports those aged 16 to 25 who have left home or care, but do not feel ready to live independently.
People who open their homes to young people to provide supported lodgings are known as lodgings providers.
Supported lodgings can last for anything from 9 to 24 months, occasionally longer. While a young person stays with their provider, they will have a clean and comfortable room in a safe, secure, and supportive household.
Providers rent rooms in their homes to young people to live as part of their household.
Supported lodgings are more than just a room in a house. Providers will give the emotional and practical support the young person needs to become confident about living independently in the future.
Potential providers must complete a set of checks and assessments before being allocated a young person. Find more information on these checks and assessments.
Providers might support a young person in the following ways:
- learning practical skills for living independently, like cooking or cleaning
- encouraging the young person to continue their education
Types of placement
The Supported Lodgings Scheme currently has three types of placements for young people. Expand the sections below to find out more.
The Supported Lodgings Scheme provides accommodation. Providers offer support in developing the young person’s independence for between 9 and 24 months in the provider’s home, occasionally longer. The end goal is to help the young person transition into independent living.
The Supported Lodgings Emergency Placement Service will provide temporary accommodation to young people for up to 4 weeks until alternative accommodation is arranged. Emergency providers are contacted on the day the placement is required and must be available to have the young person placed that same day or within 24 hours.
The Supported Lodgings Mediation Service will provide temporary accommodation to the young person for up to 4 weeks whilst the young person and their family work with the Mediation Service to resolve conflict between family members and return home. Mediation providers are contacted on the day the placement is required and must be available to have the young person placed that same day or within 24 hours.