Servicemen and women leaving the Armed Forces, who struggle to reintegrate into civilian life, would benefit from vital new housing and support services in a landmark proposal announced by Stoll, the leading provider of supported housing for Veterans in the UK…
Stoll intends to provide at least three hundred more homes for vulnerable and disabled Veterans in need, subject to the outcome of a consultation, to help address the shortfall in Veterans’ housing identified in research by the University of York. Thousands more ex-Servicemen and women will also benefit from additional preventative support services, such as bespoke transition support when they leave the Armed Forces and outreach services for Veterans living in the community.
The transformative proposal being put forward by Stoll would be funded by the sale of part of the charity’s existing Fulham site to neighbour, Chelsea Football Club. If implemented, this agreement would create brand new, state of the art social housing and communal facilities for current Stoll residents at the Fulham Road site. With most of the existing accommodation over 100 years old, the proposal would enable Stoll to provide an enhanced offer to existing tenants.
Ed Tytherleigh, Chief Executive at Stoll, said: “This proposal would mean a step change in our ability to respond to the needs of homeless and vulnerable Veterans across the country. We are delighted that our long-term neighbour, Chelsea Football Club, is prepared to support our work and help ensure thousands more vulnerable and disabled Veterans will receive Stoll’s support to lead fulfilling independent lives when they leave the Armed Forces.”
A Chelsea FC spokesperson said: “The Club is pleased to be able to continue supporting our long-term neighbour, Stoll, and the much needed services they provide to Veterans across the country. We hope this agreement safeguards the charity and their residents, today, tomorrow and for decades to come.”
The proposal is subject to the outcome of a formal consultation with Stoll residents that begins today. No final decisions will be taken until Stoll’s Board of Trustees has listened to residents’ views and considered their consultation responses.