Bridge2Home is a Bond Guarantee Scheme. If a person is unable to raise their own Bond to be able to move into private rented accommodation, and is eligible for the scheme, we will enter into an agreement with the landlord to guarantee the Bond for up to a year, no money will change hands. The Bond Guarantee will be for one year. The landlord can make a claim against the Scheme up to the value of the Bond Guarantee.     In return for guaranteeing the Bond we ask the tenant to save each month towards their own Bond, which will be theirs at the end of the year to give to the landlord as a cash Bond, or to move to another property.

Basic assistance will be given to the tenant to help them move into the property and tenants on the scheme will have their LHA payments sent directly to their landlord. Any shortfall of rent will be the responsibility of the tenant to pay directly to the landlord.

Who is eligible for the scheme?

To be accepted on to the scheme you should be:-

  • Homeless or under threat of homelessness
  • Have a local connection to the Darlington Borough and be a UK citizen
  • Be on benefits or on a low income
  • Be able to afford to sustain a tenancy on the property
  • Be able to live independently
  • Agree to and provide evidence of regular saving of the Bond over the12 month period

 The scheme is open to single people, couples and families who meet the eligibility criteria following an initial referral from other agencies or in person.

Each person will be interviewed by the scheme’s project workers and each case will be assessed individually.


PLEASE HELP THE FINANCIALLY EXCLUDED TO HAVE A HOME BY BECOMING A PLEDGEHOLDER


How to Contact Us:

 Telephone: 01325 366397

 E-Mail – [email protected] 

Come to one of our drop in sessions:

 

           Tuesday  11.00am – 1.00pm            

            Darlington Borough Council             

            Customer Services                         

            Town Hall                                      

            Darlington                                     

            DL1 5QT   

Download service specific leaflets by clicking on the following links:

               For those seeking a Bond:    B2H_Leaflet_Tenant_May_15.doc

To offer support as a Pledge-holder:    B2H_Leaflet_Pledge-Holder_May_15.doc

             To become a B2H landlord:    B2H_Leaflet_Landlord_May_15.doc