Search
Close this search box.
Investment in safe accommodation secured
News

Investment in safe accommodation secured

8 May, 2024

Share this post

As the largest specialist charity in the North of England, supporting people impacted by domestic abuse and sexual violence, we are proud to have secured a significant social investment loan of £1.685 million from Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC) to expand our range of safe accommodation for those escaping abuse. 

The loan from SASC’s Social and Sustainable Housing fund (SASH II), is complemented by a £400k grant from Access Foundation’s Cost of Living Social Investment Support Fund* and marks a pivotal moment for us in our mission to provide safe housing for those escaping violence and abuse. 


This is the start of our journey towards delivering the priorities of our 2022-2027 strategy which includes working towards meeting the growing need for accommodation by providing more dispersed accommodation in the community, including through property purchase. 

We will purchase 16 one-to-three-bedroom properties in Sheffield and Barnsley for single people and families rebuilding their lives following the impact of abuse. This will be our first step into property ownership. 

In Sheffield, we will expand upon the properties we use to provide safe accommodation that are dispersed in the community, provided in partnership with Target Housing, an existing SASH borrower 

In Barnsley, the properties will be our first homes dispersed in the community and will be provided alongside our existing Barnsley refuge. 

Sarah Hill, CEO of IDAS and Chair of the Women’s Aid Federation of England said: “Taking on social investment will shift our reliance on the private rental sector and give us greater control over our properties and where they are located. This loan has come at the right time as demand for our services is growing and we are unable to accommodate everyone referred to us. 

“Buying properties will enable us to help more women, men and their families escaping domestic abuse. Our work is often transformational, and survivors regularly tell us that our support has changed and, in many cases, saved their lives. We believe everyone should be able to live lives free from abuse and violence and want to ensure this is a reality for those we support and future generations.” 

Mark Bickford, CEO of SASC said: “IDAS is a long-established and well-recognised provider of domestic abuse services in the North of England with close relationships with commissioners and other local partners. The move to property ownership will help IDAS with future re-tenders with local commissioners who favour partners with scale and properties under ownership. It will contribute to the long-term sustainability of the charity and provide vital accommodation and services for people experiencing domestic abuse.” 

SASH II, launched in November 2022 as the successor to the first SASH fund, exemplifies SASC’s ongoing dedication to supporting charitable organisations that combine housing provision with vital support services. 

Share this post

More...

Search
Close this search box.