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Still time to comment on preventing homelessness proposals

County Hall

Residents, professionals and organisations still have time to have their say on proposed changes to providing support for those at risk of homelessness.

We commission services to support people at risk of becoming homeless in the county. 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.

People have until Thursday, 15 August, to find out more about the plan and to share their views on the proposals which include 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.

“Now we want to hear your views. The consultation closes on 15 August and I’d encourage you to have your say.

Our budgets are under increasing pressure. If agreed, the proposals could save us around £200,000 per year with a new service being in place by April 2020.

Homelessness prevention consultation 

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