Preventing Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Strategy 2019-2024

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Priority 1. To Provide early intervention and support to prevent homelessness across the district.

This priority will be achieved by:

  • Developing a holistic person centered approach to all housing options assessments.
  • Enabling access to the service through home visits, accessible offices, assertive outreach team and drop in surgeries.
  • Promoting and developing lead officers for specified groups such as victims of domestic abuse, care leavers, former members of the armed forces, people suffering mental illness and those with complex needs, people released from prison and those leaving hospital with no housing in place.
  • Monitoring trends and identifying any other groups who may be at particular risk of homelessness in the district. 
  • Reviewing the outreach provision to ensure support is targeted to meet the needs of those sleeping out for the first time, those returning to the streets and for single women rough sleeping. Considering options for navigators to have the freedom to try different forms of innovative interventions to achieve outcomes, with the full engagement and partnership of local agencies.
  • Ensuring we are aware of and bid for any relevant funding made available by the MHCLG to support the work outlined in the Rough sleeping strategy to bring new and innovative approaches to providing early intervention and support to those at risk of homelessness.
  • Introducing and developing an in-house floating support service across all tenures.
  • Empowering opportunities for members of the public and the business community to support those at risk of rough sleeping by increasing promotion of the Streetlink service
  • Working with partners and the voluntary sector to support the implementation of the duty to refer to enable  further early intervention opportunities to ensure no one in Winchester needs to sleep rough.

1. Do you agree that this should be a priority for the Council?

2. Are there any other interventions that you feel should be considered to meet this aim?