Read the interim findings from the evaluation of Move On Up, our supportive housing project for young adult carers.
Move On Up provides a pathway to independence for a small group of young adult carers in east London. It is the first and only housing project of its kind in the UK, offering affordable rent in shared accommodation with regular one-to-one support.
We’ve partnered with Commonweal Housing and Learning and Work Institute to test whether the project is effective in securing a range of positive outcomes for carers aged 18-25 years.
What have we found so far?
The paper finds that Move On Up is addressing a gap in the current landscape of combined housing provision and support for carers. Currently, housing services do not typically consider caring as a contributing factor to youth homelessness, and carers’ services offer little in the way of housing support to young adult carers.
One Move On Up tenant said: “It’s given me more of a sense of identity. In some way, my life always just revolved around taking care of them, and I think I was just viewed as the spare child who would just deal with anything… now, I think I’m regarded more as my own person.”
Learning and Work Institute (L&W) is conducting an independent evaluation of Move On Up. The evaluation will be undertaking a final wave of data collection in February/March 2020. The final evaluation report will be published in the summer of 2020.