Newydd Housing Association and the Vale of Glamorgan Council have appointed Hazel Davies to manage Rooms4U, a shared housing project funded by Crisis UK.
With a background in the housing sector having worked for Newydd for nearly 5 years as an Independent Living Officer, and with previous experience at letting agencies, Hazel is in an ideal position to encourage private landlords and housing associations to come together to offer shared accommodation to individuals who are struggling to find a home in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The two year project hosted by Newydd will work with partners Vale of Glamorgan Council, Wales and West Housing, Hafod Housing Association and United Welsh to develop and promote shared housing options for single households under the age of 35. The common housing register in the county, Homes4U will be used to promote Rooms4U as a method of advertising and allocating shared housing in both the social and private rented sectors, as well as develop partnerships between both sectors.
Hazel Davies, Rooms4U Project Officer said, “I am so excited about the prospect of driving forward this innovative project, it is one of a kind. There are huge opportunities available to people at risk of homelessness if we bring together private landlords and the social housing sector to provide rooms for rent to local people. It is so important at this time of year to think about those that are struggling to find a home, by providing rooms for rent in properties across the Vale of Glamorgan. We hope to help people find a place they can call home.”
Rooms4U is one of five UK housing projects helping homeless people, or those at risk of homelessness, to rent a home through a new £150k fund. Commissioned by Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, the Help-To-Rent funding programme will enable single homeless people to find long-term solutions to their homelessness.