Over 75% of the 1,144,050 homes in the WMCA are either in the private rented sector or owned by individuals. Housing Associations, charities and the local authorities own over a quarter of a million homes, providing social housing or supported housing for people with needs.
The Local Housing Allowance cap on the amount of housing benefit that can be claimed means that there is a substantial shortfall between the rent for supported housing schemes and the amount which will be funded. The delay on the introduction of this cap is adversely impacting upon the development of supported housing and, if introduced, will mean that 41% of all schemes will become unviable.
Inner City Life promotes awareness on homelessness and the Birmingham Homelessness Prevention Strategy (2017). We also provide homeless people with access to food, health care and basic amenities.