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Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Strategy

Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Strategy

Since the Council's last homelessness strategy was written there have been considerable legislative and welfare benefit changes, plus significant increases in homelessness both nationally and locally in that time. The Council recognised that it needed to undertake a review of how it tackled homelessness issues in the district in order to focus front line services on the prevention of homelessness, rather than crisis intervention, and provide wide ranging solutions, in conjunction with key partners.

The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 commenced on 3rd April 2018 and featured the most wide ranging changes to homelessness legislation since 1977. This act places new duties on councils to provide effective advisory services to prevent and relieve homelessness.

In July 2018 the government launched a new national strategy to tackle the increasing numbers of people rough sleeping. This strategy requires Councils to adopt a clear focus in tackling rough sleeping to support the government and end rough sleeping by 2027, including drafting strategic actions in their own homeless strategies to support the initiative locally.

The Council's homelessness service has undergone significant changes since April 2018 in response to the above. The Council put together a new strategy to formulate additional actions reflecting our aspirations to improve the outcomes for homeless households over the next few years. The Council also took a bold step in compiling a strategy which was modern in feel and look, giving the reader a concise view of homelessness in the New Forest.

A full copy of the Council's new Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Strategy can be found here:   Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy [3Mb]

NFDC carried out a public consultation on the strategy before it was approved by Fully Council in April 2019. The Council reviewed all of the responses and produced a summary response to the consultation. This can be found below.

 Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy Consultation Summary [296kb]

Updated: 1 May 2019
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