The Homelessness Act 2002 requires the council to review the nature and extent of homelessness in its district every 5 years and to develop a strategy setting out how services will be delivered in future to tackle homelessness.
In 2018 the government published their national rough sleeping strategy which obligated local authorities to include a special focus on rough sleeping and this is incorporated into our draft strategy.
We want to consult widely with residents of the district as well as organisations and agencies that may play a role in identifying homelessness and working with us to combat its harmful effects. The strategy will give direction to how we focus our efforts to prevent and address homelessness and rough sleeping and it is important that we take on board the views of others.
Based on the homeless review and our understanding of the issues and causes of homelessness, we believe that our strategic priorities for tackling homelessness in Huntingdonshire over the next 5 years should be:
Priority 1: Preventing homelessness
Priority 2: Providing appropriate temporary accommodation and aiming to reduce its overall use by securing accommodation for people who are homeless
Priority 3: Establishing effective partnerships, working arrangements and support to those who are threatened with homelessness, to improve their resilience and reduce the risk homelessness occurring
Priority 4: Supporting rough sleepers to address their housing and other needs.
The overarching aim is to deliver an accessible service that helps prevent homelessness and assists homeless households in finding long term affordable homes. The council remains committed to working with partners in the statutory and voluntary sectors and with residents themselves to achieve this goal.
View the draft strategy [PDF, 0.6MB] and the questionnaire. We would be grateful if you can complete this so we can collect your thoughts on the priorities identified and the objectives that sit beneath those. We will develop annual action plans around these objectives to help us, working with our partners and the wider community, achieve those objectives. By developing an annual action plan this will allow us to respond to the evidence base as this develops throughout the lifetime of the strategy as well as any emerging national and local policies.