Homelessness Strategy gets Executive approval
Date Added: 01/04/2015
Plans to tackle homelessness in Central Bedfordshire over the next five years have been approved at a meeting of the council’s Executive today (31 March).
The Homelessness Strategy for 2015-2020 follows a review* of homelessness issues and demands, which involved consultations with partners, customers and the public.
The feedback received during this process was incorporated into developing a new Homelessness Strategy to reflect the current and emerging needs of Central Bedfordshire residents.
The Strategy sets out the key challenges, objectives and priorities for tackling homelessness across Central Bedfordshire and outlines how the council plans to tackle these issues working with key partners over the next five years.
Identified as key priorities in dealing with homelessness in the area are the following:
• Improving the provision of housing options and services to effectively prevent and reduce homelessness
• Increasing housing supply to meet the accommodation and support needs of homeless people
• Reducing the use of temporary accommodation
• Developing an integrated partnership approach to tackling homelessness
• Minimising the impact of welfare reform by helping homeless people access employment, education and training opportunities to raise and meet their aspirations
Under the Homelessness Act 2002, every five years all local authorities have to undertake a comprehensive review of homelessness in their area and develop a Homelessness Strategy based upon the findings.
The Strategy will consolidate other council initiatives aimed at improving the provision of good standard accommodation, and providing housing options for the whole community.
Julie Ogley, the council’s Director of Social Care, Health and Housing, said: “There are many reasons why people become homeless, and this Strategy clearly sets out what we need to do to tackle the issue and support people who find themselves homeless.
“Alongside our early intervention actions to prevent homelessness, we are committed to promoting the overall well-being of the individual. Together with our key partners, our aim is to assist vulnerable people to access the emotional, health, educational and employment support they may need to be happy and independent.”