Bromley seeks views on new Homelessness Strategy
Published Monday, 29 January 2018
Bromley Council is to launch a new Homelessness Strategy this spring and is asking for comments on the draft document from residents and organisations around the borough.
The strategy sets out four key themes: housing advice and homelessness prevention; housing options and access to housing; supporting vulnerable people and working in partnership. Once published, the strategy will run until 2023 and will detail achievements as well as setting out the council’s plans for the prevention of homelessness over the next five years.
Service users and other interested parties have already been involved in the development of the document which will support the delivery of a significant change in the council’s duties regarding homelessness and temporary accommodation resulting from the Homelessness Reduction Act which comes into force from April 2018. Under new responsibilities, the council must ensure all opportunities are considered to both prevent homelessness and meet the need of increasing numbers of homeless people while reducing reliance on temporary accommodation.
Executive Member for Adult Care Services and Housing, Cllr Diane Smith said: “This is a very good start in setting out how the council intends to respond to the ongoing demands from rising numbers of people at risk of and becoming homeless in the borough. Housing issues are a priority not only for Bromley but for all councils and the new responsibilities will undoubtedly mean that we will need to offer even more support and help around housing needs for those who require it most. Our aim is to do everything we can to prevent homelessness in the first place so there will be a big emphasis on giving advice and support to people before they are in crisis.”
The council wants to make sure that the new strategy is robust, deliverable and that a wide range of people and organisations have been able to comment by the end of February before it goes back to the Executive for final sign off. Comments can be given through the online survey, in writing to the council’s Housing Department, as well as through a range of face-to-face opportunities currently being arranged.
The consultation closes at 5pm on Tuesday 6 March 2018. More information is available at: www.bromley.gov.uk/consultations
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