Homelessness Prevention Strategy to launch public consultation

Last night’s Housing Committee approved a month long public consultation to invite comments about the Council’s draft Homelessness Prevention Strategy: Not every homeless person sleeps on the streets (2019-2023). 

The draft strategy sets out the Council’s vision and key focusses to prevent homelessness in the district, over the next five years.  The Council will provide widely accessible advice and support and build strong integrated partnerships to deliver creative solutions to housing problems.

The three priorities the strategy addresses are how the Council will:

  1. Raise awareness of the advice and support to prevent homelessness that is available.
  2. Identify the top causes of homelessness and develop outcome focussed, innovative housing solutions.
  3. Develop strong integrated partnerships to prevent homelessness.

A public consultation where you can have your say on these priorities will take place between 9 April and 6 May 2019. Full details will be available at

Councillor Nick Childs, Chair of the Housing Committee, said: “The Strategy’s aim is to protect and improve peoples’ lives and their wellbeing by preventing homelessness and eliminating rough sleeping in the district. It is important we seek the views of everyone. This includes the views of people who have experienced homelessness and the many different agencies and charities who work hard to prevent homelessness.”

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