New government legislation is set to give the council more power to help families and single people who are at risk of becoming homeless.
The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 which comes into force on the 1 April 2018 will increase the ways in which we can provide advice and assistance to prevent and relieve homelessness at an earlier stage.
Among the key points of the new Act are:
- if a person is threatened with becoming homeless within the next 56 days, we can now take steps to assist them. Before, the period was 28 days
- all eligible applicants who are threatened with homelessness, regardless of priority need, can be supported for at least 56 days to prevent them becoming homeless, or to find them suitable accommodation
- we will agree a tailored personal housing plan with people threatened with homelessness, and work with them to ensure they have suitable accommodation
The new Act will increase the amount of work carried out at a local level and we are currently putting improvements and changes in place so that we can support people needing help.
For further information please contact the housing options team on 01423 500600 or at [email protected]