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The Homelessness Reduction Act requires new duties on local authorities relating to homelessness. We asked for your views on the key findings from our review of homelessness in the borough. This consultation ran from 6th July 2018 to 29th July 2018.
The survey received 102 responses, 29% from residents and 33% from organisations providing services to homeless clients. Generally, respondents agreed that the main reasons for homelessness in the borough were due to the loss of rented accommodation and family breakdown. In terms of the most effective support, 36% agreed that early support was right while 24% said it was help with finding alternative accommodation. The majority of the respondents also supported more collaborative working between agencies to establish clearer referral routes, as well as procuring more affordable housing. 73% of respondents thought support for rough sleepers should be improved, including outreach work alongside provision of more hostel and supported accommodation to help address housing and other needs.
These views were reflected upon in the drafting of the homelessness and rough sleeping strategy. Collaborative working with agencies, procuring more affordable housing and helping rough sleepers address their housing and other needs are all priorities in the strategy. Additionally, the causes of homelessness and rough sleeping identified by respondents fed into the drafting of these priorities. The full draft strategy can be viewed here.