Our Housing Advisers Programme supported councils by helping them to meet their local housing needs in a simple, flexible, and locally led way.
In 2022/23, 21 successful projects received funding from our Housing Advisers Programme (HAP) to enable them to:
- make a significant difference to a local housing, homelessness or planning / place-making challenge
- build or unlock capacity to ensure lasting impact after the Housing Advisers Programme (HAP) funding ended
- create and share learning about ‘what works’, so that the wider sector could benefit from the programme.
Grants for projects started in 2022/23 were delivered in January 2023 with projects due to be completed by 31 December 2023.
During 2022/23, programme highlights and achievements included:
- 21 projects received funding of up to £20,000
- 90 councils across England were involved in at least one HAP project
- more than 90 per cent of HAP participants from 2020/21 and 2021/22 said that participation in the programme helped them to make progress towards their key goals and that they would recommend it to another local authority if asked
- 100 per cent of HAP participants from 2020/21 and 2021/22 said that the Housing Advisers Programme had had a positive impact overall on their council’s ability to meet local housing needs
- other partners on HAP projects included health authorities, the police, housing providers, the probation service, the Department for Work and Pensions and a local credit union
- project areas included homelessness, green homes, housing supply, housing strategy and the private rented sector.
One case study highlights Sefton Council’s work on re-establishing the council's housing programme to increase the provision of social housing in Sefton.