Research team hits lotto jackpot

3 December 2009

Big Lottery Fund

Shelter’s research team has hit the jackpot after Shelter fundraisers secured a massive £363,000 research grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

The money, which has been awarded to Shelter jointly with Crisis, is for an in-depth piece of research on the difficulties that tenants face when housed in the private rented sector. 

The title of the research is 'What factors both structural and personal determine the ability of vulnerable households to sustain their private rented sector tenancies?'

Shelter’s Head of Research Jackie Smith said: 'Shelter and Crisis are tremendously pleased to be awarded this grant by the Big Lottery Fund.

'The private rented sector contains to house an increasing number of vulnerable people, many of whom have experienced homelessness. However, very little is known about how well it meets tenants’ needs over the long-term.

'This research represents the culmination of many years of joint working between Shelter and Crisis. For the first time we will be able to explore the ability of vulnerable groups to sustain private rented tenancies and put forward solutions that can have a direct impact on improving their lives and the services they need to successfully sustain tenancies.'

The money comes from the Big Lottery Fund’s research programme which funds high quality medical and social research projects across the UK.

Sir Clive Booth, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund said: 'The Fund has a proud record of supporting charity-led research into issues that are important to communities and people most in need. Today’s projects are spearheading vital research work which will develop better services for a wide range of beneficiaries. This will ultimately lead to brighter futures for many vulnerable people across the UK.'

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