Worcestershire Homelessness Strategy News
On this page you will find information and news on what is being done to tackle homelessness across Worcestershire.
Worcestershire Joint Homelessness Strategy 2012-17
The Worcestershire Homelessness Strategy 2012-2017 is the second countywide homelessness strategy. This strategy has been developed in consultation with service users and key stakeholders to steer homelessness services and support within the county over the next five years through a changing policy environment and challenging economic climate.
Early intervention and prevention of homelessness is the overriding focus of all six district councils in Worcestershire. The new strategy sets out how we and our partners will work together to prevent homelessness, tackle the root causes of homelessness and provide holistic outcomes for people who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness.
The County Homelessness Implementation Group (CHIG) is the group that will carry out the actions of this strategy and ensure appropriate involvement of key partners. This group is a partnership between the six Worcestershire Housing Authorities (Bromsgrove District and Redditch Borough Councils, Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council, Wychavon District Council and Wyre Forest District Council) as well as Worcestershire County Council, Bromsgrove District Housing Trust, Festival Housing Group and Wyre Forest Community Housing.
An event focusing on the launch of the strategy was held on Friday 26th April 2013. The presentations given at the event can be found here:
- The new Worcestershire Homelessness Strategy
- Providing a pathway to a housing solution
- Creating strong partnerships
- Taking effective action to prevent anyone new to the streets having to sleep out for more than one night
- Reducing financial deprivation
- No direction home?
- Where next for homelessness?
- Early Intervention and preventing youth homelessness – a new joint protocol
- NSNO Herefordshire and Worcestershire
Worcestershire Homeless Strategy Newsletters
Four times a year, the County Homelessness Strategy Co-ordinator produces a newsletter to provide information and news for organisations and individuals up to date with what is being done to tackle homelessness. To be added to the newsletter mailing list, please email us with your contact details.
Previous issues of the newsletter can be found here:
- November 2011 - Issue 1
- February 2012 - Issue 2
- May 2012 - Issue 3
- November 2012 - Issue 4
- April 2013 -Issue 5
- September 2013 - Issue 6
- November 2013 - Issue 7
Worcestershire Night Assessment Centre 2011/12
Each year during the coldest winter months, the county operates a Night Assessment Centre (NAC) that provides single homeless people with a safe and warn place to stay whilst they are assisted with finding accommodation and support. For the second year running the NAC is hosted by Worcester YMCA and as in previous years is managed by St. Paul's. The NAC will run for a sixteen week (112 nights) period from Monday 26th November 2012 to Sunday 17th March 2013.
The performance report for this year is soon to be published and will be available from this page in the near future.
- Worcestershire Night Assessment Centre Report 2012/13
- Worcestershire Night Assessment Centre Report 2011/12
Homelessness Advisor Update
From the end of March 2013, the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG), will no longer fund or centrally co-ordinate a team of Homelessness Advisors.
Support will be available for local authorities through the National Homelessness Advice Services (NHAS) and Homeless Link, both funded by DCLG. The DCLG will also fund a national, sector led, peer review scheme on homelessness. More details of the scheme will follow.
West Midlands Regional Homelessness Forum
The West Midlands Homelessness Forum is a multi-agency forum that has a number of key tasks:
- Supporting sub-regional activity on homelessness
- Promoting partnership working across the region and sub-regions
- Informing practice across the region
- Promoting prevention of homelessness across the region
The Forum has members from a wide range of agencies and organisations ranging from:
- Local Authority Homelessness Leads
- Local Authority Supporting People Leads
- Housing Providers
- Third sector Homelessness organisations
- National Housing Federation
- Homes and Communities Agency