If you live in supported housing in Southampton and would like to have a say in the policies and procedures affecting supported housing tenants, then come along to the supported housing forum.

The forum is a group of likeminded supported housing tenants who come together to discuss housing issues in a lively and friendly atmosphere. Meetings take place at Challis Court between 2-4pm on the last Tuesday of every other month (January, March, May, July, September and November). Meetings regularly feature invited guests giving presentations on a whole host of issues affecting supported housing in Southampton as well as more general issues affecting the lives of older people.

The group has temporarily suspended its face to face activities, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the good news is that the group holds a regular Zoom video meetings. Contact Tenant Engagement for the information about the next video meeting: 023 8083 3185. Email: tenant.engagement@southampton.gov.uk

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The list of the issues the group got involved in over the last year:

  • Tenancy agreement: the forum was involved in the tenancy agreement consultation and thus could answer their neighbours questions about the tenancy agreement
  • The forum has made an ongoing contribution in keeping supported housing tenants informed; for instance: 
    • Clarified what support can they expect from their housing support workers
    • Produced an information sheet and a leaflet explaining when they should/should not pull a cord
    • Clarified how smart meters work
    • Sought the clarification of 48 weeks rent payments versus 52 weeks payments
    • Raised the issues of water and heating bills
    • Got some information together on storage heaters and heating charges in council properties
      For more information please check the Tenants' Handbook and our Housing Facebook page
    • Presently working on the information sheet explaining about 60+ benefits entitlements and support they are eligible to if they need extra care
  • Forum takes part in numerous consultations; for instance:
    • The 60+ block reclassification consultation
    • Tenancy agreement consultation
    • Government consultation on the future of funding for supported housing
  • Improved neighbourhoods
  • Lobbying council for the solutions for the mobility scooters and for the electricity chargers for cars – and making the issues visible and talked about by the Housing Service
  • Encouragement to one another to lead healthier lives