Homelessness Strategy 2016-19 Consultation

Published: Monday, 25th April 2016

We are consulting on our Homelessness Strategy 2016-19 from Monday 25th April 2016 for a 6 week period up until Friday 3rd June 2016.

The Homelessness Act 2002 introduced the requirement for local authorities to carry out, from time to time, a review or assessment of homelessness in their area and to develop a homelessness strategy.  The Act specifically requires that strategies must address three key issues:
  • The prevention of homelessness
  • The provision of accommodation for those who do become homeless
  • The provision of support to those who have been homeless to ensure that they do not become homeless again.
Local authorities must have regard to the strategy in the discharge of any duties under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996.  The strategy must also deal with all homelessness in the authority’s district - not just where there is a statutory homelessness duty.

Our Draft Homelessness Strategy for 2016-19 describes how the Council intends to meet the needs of our residents who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.  It identifies the challenges we face as a Council and focuses on ensuring the delivery of homelessness services in the next three years in the context of challenging welfare and tenancy reforms and funding cuts.  

Our proposed three strategic aims for our Homelessness Strategy 2016-19 are:
  • Priority1: Reduce and prevent homelessness in the Borough
  • Priority 2: Ensure homeless households can access appropriate support services
  • Priority 3: Ensure homeless households can access suitable temporary and permanent accommodation
If you have any comments or contributions to make to the Homelessness Strategy 2016-19 please send email them to: housingstrategy@kettering.gov.uk

Or for more information please contact the Housing Strategy and Development team 01536 410333.