Ongoing housing support
Your Personal Adviser will assist and guide you with housing issues and if you live in supported housing you will have a support worker who will work with you to help you build your independence skills.
When you first move into your permanent home, your Personal Adviser will help you settle in. They will undertake a Pathway Plan Review when you have been in your home for 28 days and at least every 6 months after that. They will also visit within a week of you moving into your new home, and then visit at least every 2 months after that.
If you have a support or key worker because you live in supported accommodation, they are there to support and help you. Speak to your Personal Adviser if you don’t think you’re getting all the support you need.
Your Personal Adviser may also refer you to a floating support worker if you live in your own flat who will help with your personal life and practical life skills, such as; budgeting. If you are allocated a worker and don’t attend the meetings the support might stop, so try and get the maximum benefit from them as they are there to support you.
Rent Guarantor Scheme
Kent County Council has a rent deposit and rent guarantee scheme that can be accessed by care leavers, enabling them to seek housing in the private rented sector.
You must be in employment or in higher education to ensure you can afford to pay the rent to be eligible for the Rent Guarantor Scheme. The scheme is available for those aged 18-25yrs and will cease on your 25th birthday.
To access the scheme, you will need to show you can manage the rent payments and not get into debt. It’s also important that once on the scheme, you let your Personal Adviser know as soon as possible if your financial circumstances change and this impacts on being able to pay your rent. Once you turn 25yrs, you will be responsible for all of your rent payments as the corporate rent guarantor scheme will end at this point.