Family Support Charity has been given a reprieve by social landlord New Charter Housing Trust which has incorporated it into the group, but the service remains at risk as a result of council cuts and a key grant coming to an end.
Tameside Council has not committed to funding the charity beyond 2013/14, which is also the final year of a £96,000 grant spread over three years from charity Tameside Trust. This leaves 18,700-home NCHT as its only secure funder.
NCHT donates £30,000 a year but stipulates the cash should only be spent on its tenants’ homes. Last year, FSC spent £85,000 leaving it with a funding gap of £55,000 – more than half its budget. If it cannot secure more funding it will only be able to service NCHT tenants.
A spokesperson for NCHT said: ‘[It’s not] right to use tenants’ money to fund the rest of the programme’
Installing security measures typically costs about £500 per home, according to NCHT. Relocating a victim costs about £2,000 to £3,000.
A spokesperson for Tameside Council said the authority is helping FSC identify new sources of funding.In the past 12 months, FSC has carried out work on more than 150 homes.