In this episode Suzanne Gale talks about changes in housing provision for survivors of domestic abuse.
She discusses housing provision and the implications of the recent Domestic Abuse Bill. Suzanne describes the variety of needs domestic abuse survivors have and the challenges of providing the right support and property to meet these needs. Suzanne describes what property is required, how property investors can make properties suitable for those affected and some current opportunities. This is essential viewing/listening for anyone interested in providing homes for survivors of domestic abuse.
Suzanne Gale started out her career teaching 14-19 years olds in South London and then moved into a Supported Housing management job in a Housing Association in the late 90s. She’s taken new opportunities as they’ve arisen, working for a local authority on the Supporting People programme in the early ‘00s, as the National Project Manager for the Care Funding Calculator (now CareCubed) and then working with Councils and Providers to manage depleting budgets whilst maintaining good practice over the years of austerity.
More recently she’s focused on driving forward good practice in Supported Living, training, and supporting Local Authority and Provider staff in tenancy law and raising awareness amongst tenants and their families about their rights and responsibilities within a supported housing environment.
Currently she’s working with a local authority to implement a shared case management system for people with housing and domestic abuse issues so, again, on a big learning curve responding to the new challenges of the Domestic Abuse Act.
Suzanne is a regular contributor to Community Living Magazine and is also training to be an independent legal advocate for adults with learning disabilities and autism.
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Lisa Brown fell into property investing after a long nursing career. She initially developed heritage properties and then a chance encounter led her to discover supported living. She realised this was a powerful way to invest in property while creating homes for those who need them most.
Lisa set about discovering why property investors struggle to let their properties to supported living providers and why providers struggle to find property to let. She has been educating people, raising awareness and working on solutions to this problem ever since. Lisa is the host of the Supported Living Property Podcast and YouTube channel and hosts a Facebook Group where people can learn, network and discuss supported living.
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