At YMCA Cornwall we are able to offer a bursary to assist residents who have found employment but are in need of additional short-term financial support whilst they remain living in supported accommodation.
For our residents who are still in full-time education or not yet in work for other reasons, Housing Benefit covers the full cost of both their rental payment and the additional support provided by our housing team.
However, when residents start work, they become responsible for these payments out of typically low earnings at a time when their benefits are reduced and other bills and travel costs increase. Our bursaries effectively cap monthly rental payments at an affordable level, enabling residents to continue living in supported accommodation at YMCA Cornwall while they save for a deposit from their earnings.
Low wages, part time hours and seasonal contracts combined with a severe shortage of affordable private-rented and social housing has resulted in an increased need for bursary payments as it takes our young people longer to find suitable move-on accommodation.
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