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Buying Packs from Furniture Projects - A Toolkit for Local Authorities and Registered Social Landlords

Buying Packs from Furniture Projects - A Toolkit for Local Authorities and Registered Social Landlords

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The aim of this toolkit is to provide guidance to Local Authorities and Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) that would like to purchase furniture packs from furniture reuse projects. The information in the toolkit is based on existing partnerships between furniture projects and Local Authorities and RSLs. The toolkit provides information on furniture projects, the different types of packs they provide and the various methods of purchasing packs, including contracts, Service Level Agreements and Public Social Partnerships. Lack of furniture is known to be one of the main reasons that tenancies fail and obtaining furniture is one of eight key barriers to resettlement; yet furniture helps to turn a house into a home, by providing warmth and security. Glasgow Housing Association and Heriot Watt University (2006) found that furnished lets were an effective means of promoting tenancy sustainment. They found that where 25% of all homeless lets fail within the first 12 months, this figure reduced to 14% if furniture was provided. Given that the average cost of a failed tenancy is £23,000 - £25,000 (Scottish Council for Single Homeless, 2011), this 11% reduction in failed tenancies could result in significant monetary savings for housing providers, even after taking the cost of furniture provision into account.
Tags: homelessness prevention failed tenancy furniture project furniture provision tenancy sustainment
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