Issue details

Local House Project for Care Leavers

The County Council currently largely relies on the private rental sector to provide accommodation for young care leavers.  Due to the high level of competition for available properties within the private rental sector it can be challenging to secure cost effective accommodation for  care leavers.


The National House Project is a Charity that aims to work with local authorities to support the provision of sustainable homes and a community of support for young people leaving care.  Developing a local house project in West Sussex would enable care leavers to be provided with affordable social housing locally, delivering improved outcomes for these young people at lower costs and so reduce demand on wider local authority and partner agency budgets.  Once embedded the project would run yearly schemes with a new cohort of older children looked after, in preparation for them leaving care, joining the project each year.


Cabinet will be asked to approve the creation of a local house project in West Sussex.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 23/12/2020

Decision due: 22 January 2021 by Cabinet

Lead member: Councillor Duncan Crow, Councillor Roger Elkins, Councillor Jeremy Hunt, Councillor Amanda Jupp, Councillor Nigel Jupp, Councillor Bob Lanzer, Councillor Paul Marshall, Councillor Deborah Urquhart, Councillor Jacquie Russell

Contact: Shelly Dichello, Children's Contracts and Commissioning Manager Email: Tel: 033 022 24131.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the decision maker via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.


Children and Young People’s Services Scrutiny Committee – 7 January 2021.

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders Tel: 033 022 22553

Background3: Best Start in Life


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