Information about EHSL
Updated June 2021
EHSL was set up in 2012 to procure, provide and manage housing for people with learning disabilities and other support needs. EHSL recognises that people who require specialist support may encounter difficulty renting accommodation from the wider housing market. EHSL’s operation is based on enabling people to have genuine choice in where and how they live by creating accommodation options and by supporting people with additional needs to access accommodation available in the community.
EHSL was originally going to be called Enhanced Housing Support Limited, however as the company is exempt from using ‘Limited’ in its company name, the acronym became obsolete and the company’s intended initials became its name.
- EHSL is a Company Limited by Guarantee (Company No: 07965814) which was established to provide and manage housing accommodation, it does not trade for profit, and its rules prohibit the issue of capital with interest or dividend.
- EHSL is a Housing Association as defined in section 1(1) of the Housing Associations Act 1985. Regulation 2 of the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006 states that “housing association” has the meaning assigned to it by section 1(1) of the Housing Associations Act 1985.
- EHSL is a Voluntary Organisation for Housing Benefit purposes because it is “a body, other than a public or local authority, the activities of which are carried on otherwise than for profit ” – a definition found within Regulation 2 of the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006.
As a result of EHSL being a ‘relevant body‘ as defined in Regulation 75H of The Housing Benefit and Universal Credit (Supported Accommodation) (Amendment) Regulations 2014, and our tenants being admitted in order to meet a care or support need, our supported housing provision is invariably ‘Specified Accommodation‘ either in the form of ‘Exempt accommodation’, or if the support offered does not satisfy the de minimis threshold for support, it is ‘managed’ accommodation’ This means that our tenants’ accommodation costs are met from outside of their Universal Credit entitlement.
EHSL is not a Registered Provider of Social Housing and therefore Article 16 of the Subsidy Order applies.
What makes us different?
Value for money
We have been praised by local authorities for our ability to offer accommodation at a lower rent than other supported housing providers, whilst maintaining quality.
The use of accommodation secured via the private rented sector allows a level of flexibility which enables tenants to have a clear care pathway.
Our care provider partners have told us that we are quick to respond to their requirements, enabling services to be delivered promptly.
EHSL’s board and staff team are experienced and knowledgeable from working in both the social care and social housing sectors.
EHSL was established in February 2012 as a non-profit organisation, aiming to improve housing options for people with support needs
EHSL works in partnership with local authorities, the NHS, and CQC registered care providers to ensure our tenants are provided with high quality person centred care.
EHSL has accommodation for up to 223 people in 59 locations. (July 2020)
"I have my own flat for the first time in my life. I am respected and treated fairly by the staff who work here and the other residents. I feel safe for the first time in my life here. My privacy is maintained and I have my own carer to discuss my problems with.”
“In 2014 I leased my property to EHSL for 3 years, and renewed in 2017 for another 3 years. EHSL paid the asking rent, improved the property to ensure it met fire safety requirements, manage most maintenance, and keep me updated about what is going on at the property.”
"Thanks for finding such a lovely home for J & A - they are much happier already and vowing to keep it spick and span"
Jo, family member