New strat­egy to re­duce home­less­ness

Royal Bor­ough: Those sleep­ing rough to be sup­ported via a new coun­cil ac­tion plan

Windsor & Eton Express - - News / Public Notices - By Kieran Bell kier­anb@baylis­me­dia.co.uk @Kier­anB_BM

Home­less­ness in the bor­ough will be tack­led us­ing a fresh strat­egy to re­duce the num­ber of peo­ple on the streets, the coun­cil says.

The ‘Home­less­ness and

Rough Sleep­ing Strat­egy’ will guide the coun­cil’s ap­proach to sup­port those who are or may be­come home­less, and was ap­proved at a cabi­net meet­ing last month.

The coun­cil says that the re­freshed strat­egy has taken ac­count of the lat­est data and changes to na­tional guid­ance.

Its five key pri­or­i­ties in­clude ‘re­duc­ing the num­ber of peo­ple

be­com­ing home­less’, and ‘sup­port­ing peo­ple into goodqual­ity ac­com­mo­da­tion’.

An up­dated ac­tion plan sets out how the pri­or­i­ties in the strat­egy will be achieved, and these will be re­freshed and up­dated each year. The Royal Bor­ough says it has been de­vel­oped through a re­view of home­less­ness sta­tis­tics, trends and is­sues, and anal­y­sis of best prac­tice from across the coun­try.

Vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Driven For­ward, The Sal­va­tion Army and the Wind­sor Home­less Project, hous­ing providers such as Ra­dian and Hous­ing So­lu­tions, and Thames Val­ley Po­lice, have been con­sulted as part­ners.

Cllr Ross McWil­liams (Con, Cox Green), cabi­net mem­ber for hous­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and youth en­gage­ment, said: “We con­tinue to take a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach to tack­ling home­less­ness and rough sleep­ing, work­ing closely with part­ners from the statu­tory and vol­un­tary sec­tors.

“There has been a huge change in our ap­proach to pro­vid­ing hous­ing sup­port.

“The ser­vice has seen mas­sive im­prove­ments and we now have strong foun­da­tions upon which to build an am­bi­tious ser­vice that puts res­i­dents at the heart of what we do.”

Ref: 132805-14

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