The Woman Fighting for Care Leavers’ Right to Housing

by Emily Goddard, November 2021

If you’ve been raised in the care system, it can be almost impossible to find a guarantor for a rental property. Mary-anne Hodd is changing that.

Mary-anne Hodd had done everything the care system had asked of her…

There is a solution to the problems care leavers face when trying to move into independent rented accommodation, Hodd says. The idea came to her when she was struggling with the issue in 2015. She was volunteering for the council when an MP put the situation into perspective for her. “He said to me, ‘We’re your corporate parents, we should be doing everything for you that your parents could or would have if they were in a position to do so.’ That was it: the lightbulb went off,” she says.

Read this important item and about the Guarantor scheme in full at…

Vice Newsletter source: The Woman Fighting for Care Leavers’ Right to Housing

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

One thought on “The Woman Fighting for Care Leavers’ Right to Housing

  1. Kevin Gallagher commented on your post on LinkedIn, https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-gallagher-4a3a6428/

    “Another example of the cliff edge of disadvantage faced by young adults transitioning from care towards greater independence. I personally supported our young care leaver/ maintenance apprentice recently when he had no real external support for the administration of accessing a tenancy, being a guarantor and providing reference and funding.
    I had mum and dad to help in these pinch points – he doesn’t have that, so someone needed to step up and be there for him. He’s in, settled and repaid the monies in our agreed schedule, without issue.
    We have some interesting chats at times, explicit about the different boundaries of when I speak to him as his employer, and when there is a more relational/ support, pseudo-parental role of advice, guidance and yes, sometimes, bailing out.
    Its helping him take up his place in the world independently, but accepting that you don’t do this all at once just because you turn 18! And managing that support by acknowledging explicitly the unusual ‘shape’ to our relationship and how this has changed over time.
    I’m not a biological dad to anyone, but its fascinating to experience and reflect on these ‘dad’ type situations which historically I only experienced from the other side” 🙂

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