Social and Sustainable Capital Seeks Housing Charities in Southwest England

According to Shelter, one in 206 people are homeless in England and every region has its own issues. Bristol recorded the second highest number of street homeless nationally at the 2020 national Rough Sleeper Street count and was one of two cities outside London with the highest number of people in temporary accommodation. Gloucester and Torbay rank behind Bristol with the highest rates of homeless in the Southwest.

Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC), an award-winning social investment firm, which specialises in investments in charities and social enterprises involved in housing wants to help social sector organisations to address these challenges.

This spring, SASC is launching a new £125m housing fund – Social and Sustainable Housing II (SASH II) – and seeking borrowers in southwest England.

A particular focus are charities in this region involved in homelessness, domestic violence, or work with asylum seekers, young people, and those with addiction or mental health issues.

This will be SASC’s second housing fund which was designed in partnership with charities to meet their specific financial needs.

SASH I raised almost £75m and, so far, has provided £50m of secured loans to 16 UK housing charities. This has turned many of these social sector organisations into property owners for the first time and increased their financial resilience by putting over 625 beds into their ownership.

In March, SASC’s Business Development Manager, Miki Vyse, will spend two week touring the Southwest to find new borrowers.

Miki wants to meet with charities working in housing, housing associations, local MPs, support services organisations and other interested parties to discuss the new fund, how it works, and the benefits it could offer social sector organisations in the region.