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Independent Living Programme

A safe, secure home and a fulfilling career is about to become a reality for hundreds of young people accessing Centrepoint’s Independent Living programme.

Providing high quality, affordable housing alongside Centrepoint’s support provision means you can concentrate on what’s most important to you: your future.

To qualify for Independent Living you need to be:

  • 18-25 years old at the start of the tenancy
  • In work or on an apprenticeship
  • Capable of living independently with minimal support
  • Eligible to rent a property in England

Independent Living offers:

  • Truly affordable rent, set at no more than one-third of your full time salary
  • Well appointed, well managed, single person accommodation
  • Access to Centrepoint’s wrap around support provision

Your journey to independence starts here.

What type of homes do we have?

We want our accommodation to be what young people have always wanted: a place to call home. Our high quality properties are based in London and Manchester, with excellent access to transport links, local shops and community amenities.

And the best bit? Rent will be no more than one-third of your monthly income. If you want to apply to live in Centrepoint's Independent Living accommodation, it’s easy: you should be in full time employment or part of an apprenticeship scheme (or proactively seeking either option).

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Self-contained Homes

A self-contained home is just that: your own self-contained space, complete with a private kitchen, bathroom and bedroom, kitted out with everything you need to make your place a home. You just need to be in full time employment on an apprenticeship scheme to qualify. 

Location: London and Manchester

Facilities: A typical flat will have a double bed and bedside table; kitchenette with washing machine, sink, fridge/freezer and mini oven; two-seater sofa and footstool; breakfast bar with TV stand and drawers; bathroom with WC, shower and wash basin; WiFi.

Not included: Utilities (e.g. gas, electric, council tax) and food.

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Apprenticeship Houses

Our apprenticeship houses really capitalise on the social aspect of living independently. You'll be living with up to six other people in a shared house, with a communal bathroom, kitchen, and lounge area - perfect for socialising with your new housemates. You'll have your own private bedroom for when you want a bit of down time. You just need to be in full time employment on an apprenticeship scheme to qualify. 

Location: London

Bedroom includes: Double bed, wardrobe, desk, desk chair, shelves, bedside table, drawers.

Shared facilities include: Communal study library, shared living room, shared bathroom and shower facilities, shared kitchen facilities, shared balcony.

how to apply for the Independent Living Programme

The Independent Living Programme is new to Centrepoint, and we can't wait to welcome you into your accommodation and get you ready to start your future.

To apply for the Independent Living programme, it doesn't matter if you're already in Centrepoint accommodation or not - to check your eligibility, you can take a look at our handy checklists below.

Meet our residents

The work we do comes down to one singular mission: helping young people move on to independence. We work hard to ensure you have a safe space where you're able to not just survive, but thrive.

With this at the centre of everything we do, we work with young people from all different backgrounds to ensure they can leave homelessness behind with confidence. Meet two of them here.

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Shania*, 19, and her family were evicted from their rented home in 2019 and placed into temporary accommodation. Over Christmas, Shania was trying to support her dad and siblings whilst working and studying for her apprenticeship in accounting. She made contact with various agencies to try get help. Shania was offered a place in our Independent Living accommodation and, at the same time, her family won their appeal to stay in their temporary accommodation.

“It gives younger people a head start to learn to live independently. It gives you confidence to know you can do it. You know you are not alone because you are with people the same age, doing the same sort of thing. You have support around you.”

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Ana* first came to Centrepoint when she was 18 and lived in our supported accommodation. She was always passionate about expressing her creative side and we helped her to pursue her passions. At 21, Ana was ready to live independently and progress with her internship, so she moved into our Independent Living accommodation.

“It is realistic to your current situation. The rent is calculated based on how much you're earning and not the value of the room. It’s the perfect stepping stone into young people wrapping their minds around living independently over extortionate private renting.”

*Pseudonyms and stock images have been used to protect the identities of these two young people.

Resident's page

Want to report a repair, or talk to use about your employment options? Have some feedback to give us, or want to contact us with a question? You can do all that and more here - take a look at our resident's page. 

Meet the independent living team

The Independent Living programme wouldn't exist without the dedication of our fantastic team. Get to know them a little better here. 

 

 

Download the brochure

You can find all this information and more in our handy Independent Living brochure - grab yourself a cuppa and settle down for a read.

Ready to request your application form?

If you've had a look at our checklists and think you might be eligible for Independent Living accommodation, complete this quick form to register your interest, and our IL team will be in touch.

Request an Application

FAQs

We hope this page has given you a good understanding of Centrepoint’s Independent Living programme. If you haven't quite found what you're looking for, take a look at our FAQs below, or get in touch via email - we'd be happy to answer your queries.

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Who is the Independent Living programme for?

The Independent Living programme was specially designed for:

  • 18–25 years old who have a housing need (currently homeless, threatened with homelessness or are in non-secured accommodation, including supported housing)
  • In full time employment or on an apprenticeship
  • Qualify to rent a property in England
  • Capable of living independently with minimal support
What are the benefits of the programme?

There are many benefits to Independent Living - it offers:

  • Truly affordable rent at no more than 1/3 of full time salary
  • Well appointed, well managed single person accommodation
  • Access to Centrepoint support such as employment support services, health team and bursary support
Is Independent Living for young people with no support needs?

No, it's not. We understand that people, especially those with a lived history of homelessness, will have some level of support need.

Affordable housing is their key need, and we accept that other support needs may be present, but so long as these needs don't affect their ability to independently maintain a tenancy, the Independent Living programme may be a great fit for them.

What happens if a resident loses their job?

We accept that this can happen to anybody, especially in the current climate. If the resident’s employment status changes or becomes unstable then we will provide wrap around support, involving the housing offer and Jobs and Education team to help that resident back into employment as quickly as possible.

Is this a permanent housing solution?

The Independent Living programme does not offer permanent accommodation however it is fixed term between two and five years. Each tenancy starts with an initial term of two years and is assessed each year following that up to a maximum of five years.

What happens at the end of the tenancy?

The team will have started working with the resident from day one to establish their next step aspirations and a plan will be implemented to help them prepare for this whether that is private sector rental or home ownership. We are there to support the transition into this exciting new life stage.

What is a typical Independent living home?

Simple answer, there isn’t one! We have a range of accommodation options including modular housing. Most of the accommodation will be standard one bedroom flats or studios for single person occupancy in a variety of developments across London and Manchester.

Can I remain on the Local Authority’s housing register or be eligible for social housing if I move into an Independent Living property?

The Independent Living programme is not a council commissioned service therefore it is unlikely that you can remain on the housing register if you move outside your local council  area. You can apply to join the register in the area you move to, however you may not be considered a priority. We strongly suggest you find out  if you are eligible  for social housing (council housing)  before applying to live in an Independent Living property. If you are currently living in supported housing, talk this through with your key worker or get in touch with us to explore your options.