8 March 2017
Paragon has signed up as one of the first official End Furniture Poverty Supporters, amidst a climate of growing awareness of the strong links between poverty and housing.
The End Furniture Poverty Supporters initiative brings together a broad coalition of organisations who share the aim of eradicating Furniture Poverty through raising awareness and application of practical solutions.
Paragon will be leading the way for more organisations to join the growing movement against Furniture Poverty – a crucial issue as the level of housing costs, supply and living conditions reach crisis level. Furniture Poverty is defined as the inability to afford or access basic furniture and furnishings, including domestic appliances, that provide a household with a decent quality of life and the ability to participate in the norms of society.
Serving tenants in South East and West London, Paragon owns and manages 9,000 homes across several boroughs. As an organisation, they are invested in people and are dedicated to providing high quality homes for their tenants.
"We are passionate about enabling each and every one of our residents. Furniture poverty is something we come across daily. Supporting this campaign will boost our promise to do everything in our power to help end Furniture Poverty."
Shaun Doran is the CEO of FRC Group, the social enterprise and charity behind the End Furniture Poverty campaign. He says “it’s great to see organisations waking up to the impact that Furniture Poverty has on the lives of the most vulnerable in our society. The gravity and scale of Furniture Poverty means that we’ll need a concerted effort and collaboration from a whole range of organisations to really transform the problem. We look forward to working with Paragon in the future as allies in the fight against Furniture Poverty.”
The End Furniture Poverty campaign was launched in June 2015 to raise awareness of the hidden and under-researched problem of Furniture Poverty. As well as research, it works with organisations to adopt practical solutions to Furniture Poverty through pro bono support and expertise. These solutions can include setting up a furniture recycling charity, providing furnished tenancies or shared accommodation for under 35s, and best practice in signposting tenants to grants and funding.