Supporting Tenants is a project that supports young people living in their own home.
The service works across the whole of Sheffield and can support people living in council, housing association and private rented accommodation.
Supporting Tenants works in partnership with young people to provide the level of support necessary for them to maintain their own tenancies and empowering them to continue this once support has been withdrawn.
Supporting Tenants staff are available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, with flexibility outside of those hours for people who need support during evenings and weekends. The service also offers out of hours telephone advice.
Click here to download our referral form.
How do I get support from Supporting Tenants?
Referrals are accepted from any agency working with the young person or they can self refer.
We accept referrals from any young people aged 16 to 24, who are:
- Living in their own tenancy
- Waiting to get their own tenancy
- In need of support to sustain their tenancy
Supporting Tenants aims to follow a first come, first served policy when allocating support, but it may sometimes be necessary to prioritise a referral based on need.
The needs that may result in higher priority are:
- Pregnant women or young parents
- 18-21 year olds (16 &17 years olds if appropriate)
- Those in immediate danger of homelessless
- Young people with complex needs and without access to other support around issues affecting their tenancy
- Those rehoused through private rented solutions
What Can I Get Support With?
- Welfare benefits and income maximisation – support with claiming benefits and getting all the money they are entitled to
- Education, training and employment – support with getting a job or accessing a college course and training.
- Health and mental wellbeing – support with dealing with any health related issues, including accessing specialist health services.
- Grants, loans and furnishings – support with getting funds for furniture, as well as finding cheaper places to buy furniture.
- Budgeting and money matters – support with managing money, meeting essential bills and sorting out debts.
- Cultural and faith needs – finding local places of worship or meeting people with similar interests or values
- Children and parenting – support with finding parenting classes and support groups or accessing crèches, nurseries and schools
- Household skills – developing skills necessary to maintain a home from setting up gas and electricity accounts, to doing basic DIY
- Social skills and networks – support with finding local facilities and getting out and meeting new people
- Housing rights and responsibilities – support with understanding and complying with tenancy agreement and where to get advice about their rights
- Keeping Safe – dealing with ASB, domestic abuse or other forms of harassment.
- Advocacy/Confidence building – We act as advocates where necessary and support with attending appointments with other agencies and services as part of increasing their confidence in dealing with situations around their tenancy.