Peer Landlord London is a model of affordable housing for
people who have been formerly homeless. It does not provide support but does
provide the opportunity to gain independence, responsibilities and the skills
needed for ensuring the smooth running of a household. The scheme provides
shared housing to people that are working or close to returning to work.
A Peer Landlord is assigned to each property and it is their
responsibility to ensure the smooth running of the household, organising the
utility bills and reporting any repairs and issues back to Thames Reach.
The scheme provides shared housing and peer support to formerly
homeless people who are working or close to returning to employment. A peer landlord - a tenant who serves as a role model
with the responsibility for ensuring the smooth running of the house - lives onsite and offers support to others.
Social investors buy houses and let them to Thames Reach at a lower
price than the market level, and the charity in turn lets them to people
who are taking the first steps to get back into work.
Housing management costs are kept low and the scheme provides an
opportunity to create households rather than a series of bedsits.
Peer Landlord London is run in partnership with Commonweal Housing, a charity that seeks to tackle social injustice through the development of innovative housing projects and Catch 22, a social business providing services that help people in tough situations to turn their lives around.
Thames Reach Director Bill Tidnam's blog
for Commonweal Housing about Peer Landlord London.