In this episode Ashley Horsey, Chief executive of Commonweal Housing explains what exempt accommodation is, why it is needed and why there are issue with exempt accommodation. Ashley talks about his hopes for the future and he shares some great advice for landlords letting properties to supported living providers.

Ashley has over 30 years experience in social housing frequently at the hare-brained schemes and crackpot ideas end of the spectrum; much of it spent tackling homelessness and housing need. He is currently Chief Executive of Commonweal Housing, an independent charity working in partnership with front line experts and organizations to investigate, pilot and champion housing based solutions to a wide range of different forms of social injustice.

Prior to joining Commonweal, Ashley was Commercial Director at Local Space from 2005-2009, where he helped set up this new housing association in East London which delivered more than 1,100 additional social homes in just 3 years using an innovative buy-to let vehicle after securing more than £200M of new private investment in the social sector. He is currently a board member of a south London based housing association.

Previously Ashley had three years in the senior Civil Service as Head of the Government’s Bed & Breakfast Unit from 2001-2004, where he successfully lead plans to reduce the use of B&B hotels as temporary accommodation for homeless families. He was Chief Executive of the campaigning charity, The Empty Homes Agency from 1998 – 2001 where he was described by a Minister at the time as a thorn in the side of government.

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Lisa Brown became a property developer after her nursing career. She then discovered the need for supported living property and has been exploring the challenges and solutions, to create more homes for those with support needs, ever since.

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