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Monday March 25, 2019 Homelessness strategy consultation launched.

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Anew consultation from WC.

A three-month consultation on how WC can prevent homelessness and help those who are homeless find a home began last Friday.

Wiltshire Council is asking for views on its new strategy which sets out priorities and actions to work with those who are homeless or threatened with homelessness, to help them secure and keep a good home.

The consultation will seek views on five priorities:

• Reducing rough sleeping

• Identifying and preventing homelessness at the earliest possible stage

• Ensuring services are designed to prevent homelessness and support those who are homeless.

• Ensuring those who are threatened with homelessness or who are homeless can secure and keep a suitable home.

• Maintaining effective strategic direction and partnership working.

Each priority has a number of actions. These include increasing street outreach, developing a resettlement support service, and ensuing there is more housing available to help the homeless.

The strategy has been informed by Wiltshire Council’s Homelessness Review 2018 and Homeless Health Needs Assessment. It also follows the national Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, which introduced a new legal duty on specified public services to refer customers who may be homeless or threatened with homelessness to a local housing authority.

You can access the consultation at