Residents, professionals and partner organisations are being encouraged to have their say as a new way of providing support for those at risk of homelessness have been proposed.
We currently commissions services to support people at risk of becoming homeless in Leicestershire. This includes a 30-bed hostel in Loughborough and an outreach service which delivers a combination of telephone support, group work, surgeries for issues such as benefits advice as well as signposting and one-to-one contact.
A 12-week consultation, launched yesterday (Thursday, 23 May), is seeking views on proposed changes that include retaining the hostel funding, but replacing the current outreach provision with a redesigned in-house community-based service.
The proposals are designed to complement the housing-related support that borough and district councils legally have to provide.
Looking after people who are homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless, is paramount.
“Being homeless has significant negative impacts on both physical and mental health. It is important we do what we can to tackle the health and social issues that increase the risk of becoming homeless.
“While these proposals do have a budget saving attached, we believe that providing support for people who are at risk of becoming homeless, through our in-house community-based service, will enable us to provide a range of specialist, holistic support to individuals and families most in need.Person:Councillor Lee Breckon, cabinet member for health and wellbeing
Our budgets are under increasing pressure. If agreed, the proposals could save around £200,000 per year with a new service being in place by April 2020.
As part of the consultation, current service providers, partners and professionals are invited to attend an information and discussion meeting at County Hall, Glenfield on Monday, 10 June from 2pm to 4pm. Two focus group meetings will also be held for current or previous housing related support service users.
The details are as follows:
- 1pm to 3pm, Friday, 31 May at Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place
- 10am to 12pm, Friday, 7 June at The Salvation Army, Ladysmith Road, Wigston
Those wishing to take part in the consultation or to register their interest in attending one of the events can do so online, by calling 0116 305 4267 or emailing PHconsultations@leics.gov.uk
The deadline for consultation responses is midnight on Thursday, 15 August.