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East Herts Council launches consultation on homelessness

Effective action and early intervention are key objectives as East Herts Council shapes plans to prevent homelessness in the district.

It has launched a consultation to shape its strategy and ensure that accommodation and support is available for people who become homeless.

Last year, the council's housing service accepted homelessness applications from 54 households. The most common priority categories were households with dependent children or pregnant women, vulnerability as a result of mental health problems and vulnerability as a result of physical disability.

Cllr Jan Goodeve, executive member for housing, said: “Homelessness and poor housing conditions blight lives, damage health and reduce opportunities. They negatively impact communities in significant ways. That’s why preventing homelessness is a priority for the council.”

The council’s objectives are:

  • Strong and effective partnership working;
  • Early targeted intervention and advice to prevent the loss of accommodation;
  • Effective action to relieve homelessness and sustain tenancies to prevent repeat homelessness;
  • Protecting and increasing the local housing options.

East Herts wants to hear the views of members of the public, residents, customers, partners and stakeholders.

Once the consultation period ends on January 7, the authority will update its Draft Homelessness Strategy 2019-2024, taking comments into consideration.

The final version will be considered at the council's executive committee in January 2019 and published in spring 2019.

Complete a form at www.eastherts.gov.uk/homelessnessstrategy or write to the housing options team at East Herts Council, Wallfields, Pegs Lane, Hertford SG13 8EQ.

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