The Lambeth Council Allocation define overcrowded as when a home is lacking at least one bedroom for the family.
There are three levels of overcrowding:
1 bedroom lacking – overcrowded.
2 bedrooms lacking – severely overcrowded.
Illegally overcrowded – if there if there are not enough rooms or space for the number of people who live there. (This is based on an assessment measuring rooms and calculating the amount of people vs ages vs rooms available.)
LEAP’s Overcrowded Housing Support Service finds approaches to mitigate the effects of overcrowding with families in our four wards.
The Overcrowded Housing Support Service aims to reduce stress and anxiety for families with young children through support for their well-being, improving the use of space and storage facilities and creating healthier living environments.
Home visits, housing and wellbeing advice, access to small grants for home improvements around maximising space, DIY workshops, and wider activities.
Home visits are tailored around the family and their needs, so each session is different. During the initial session we will discuss the needs of the household looking at the areas of sleeping, eating, playing, learning, being together and being alone (privacy) and what the family would like to change in their home to allow for these activities.
We look at housing advice, small space solutions with a grant of up to £800, linking parents and families into their communities, wellbeing and mental health. Each subsequent session will build around the goals of each family. This could be as diverse as building furniture together, completing a medical assessment, or discussing safety concerns in the household.
Families have increased knowledge, skills and motivation to make changes to their home environment
Families have improved eating spaces in the home
Families have improved learning spaces within the home
Families have improved play spaces within the home
Families have improved spaces for privacy and/or quiet time
Families have improved sleeping spaces in the home
Families attend/ engage with local events more often
All LEAP families categorised on the Housing Transfer List as living in overcrowded housing are contacted directly by a LEAP Family Housing Advisor.
All LEAP families who are privately renting, on the Housing Register, and deemed overcrowded, will be contacted directly by a LEAP Family Housing Advisor.
Professionals either looking to refer or seeking advice on overcrowded housing are encouraged to get in touch.