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Social Housing Sector – Work with the FRN


The introduction of Universal Credit (from October 2013) is probably one of the biggest challenges to face the social housing sector in recent years. It brings with it a number of serious financial and social challenges. The `bedroom tax’, housing benefit caps and changes to the social fund (e.g. Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans) will lead to rent arrears, shorter-term tenancies, a greater number of re-lets and more people living with the fear and the reality of debt. The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) and our members can help you to minimise these negative financial and social impacts. Contact FRN to find out how.

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Benefits to you

The FRN has developed over 20 different services to help the social housing sector:

  • Reduce costs;
  • Sustain longer-term tenancies;
  • Meet the needs of vulnerable people;
  • Increase opportunities for training, volunteering and employment;
  • Tackle climate change by reducing waste. These include the supply of low cost flooring; low cost white goods; house clearances; void clearances; downsizing services in response to the `bedroom tax’; storage; starter packs; furnished tenancy packages and many more.

Benefits to tenants

FRN and the social housing sector share many common objectives, most importantly in the welfare and security of vulnerable and low income households.

All FRN members are charities or social enterprises and exist to alleviate material poverty.

Our network of furniture re-use organisations offers low-cost alternatives to buying furniture and other household goods from high street shops and high interest repayment retail stores.

We can give your tenants workplace experience, qualifications and jobs in secure and supportive environments.

Become a furniture re-use organisation

We have over 300 furniture re-use member organisations (FRO) in the UK. You might be working with one in a particular service area, but they can provide so much more. Contact FRN to find out how.

And, if there isn’t a local furniture re-use organisation, FRN will help you to set up your own! We have a number of members who are part of larger housing associations.

The Furniture Re-Use Network offers a consultancy service to social housing providers looking to establish a social enterprise based upon a furniture re-use or charity shop business model.


What is `Furniture re-use’?

Furniture re-use organisations collect unwanted, but good quality items from households and other sources that no longer need them, and distribute these items to families who desperately do.

This has multiple benefits to the community, including reducing social and financial exclusion and lowering carbon emissions and landfill.

Despite the name, the furniture re-use sector encompasses a wide range of re-use activities. Some organisations reuse household appliances such as cookers, washing machines, fridges and fridge/freezers, as well as smaller goods such as crockery, bedding, saucepans and towels.



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