The aim here is to contract with social landlords to provide support (through the “befrienders and mentors”) to beneficiaries moving straight into a normal tenancy on release – despite any previous blacklisting. The role of the “befriender and mentor” is to enable the new tenant to keep to the terms of the tenancy.

In some cases this could mean an agreement by the tenant to have his rent deducted from his wages and paid direct to the landlord by his employer – where he is directly employed by Aspire.

Ex-Cell works in partnership with the City Council’s Letwise Plus supported housing programme in this respect.