- Joint homeless
prevention work continues to be embedded with the District & Borough
housing services reducing the number of households requiring temporary
- A partnership with a
Housing Association has been developed that will utilise redundant WSCC
properties as temporary accommodation as opposed to bed & breakfast
establishments and will provide support to assist families to move on to
- WSCC along with the
District & Borough Councils will be joint funding and commissioning a
set of housing related support contracts to prevent homelessness in early
2020 utilising the design principles previously developed.
- Further bids have been
submitted to MHCLG to access the latest round of government funding to
tackle and prevent rough sleeping in the county to build upon the work
already ongoing with the homelessness charities that was commissioned
following the successful funding bids in 2019.
- A set of design principles have been developed to inform future joint commissioning across the local partnerships enabling continued investment in housing related support services.
- A Rapid Rehousing Grant secured by the Council’s strategic housing lead has provided an additional £335,000 to deliver a Rapid Rehousing Pathway in West Sussex.
- Three Homelessness Charities – Turning Tides, Stonepillow and Crawley Open House – have formed a coalition to take on the work. They will each employ Navigators and Supported Lettings Officers who will form part of the Rapid Rehousing Pathway.
- Joint work with the D & B Housing services is ongoing to develop joint temporary accommodation portfolios and homeless prevention initiatives to stop households from becoming homeless and entering the system. This includes the use of redundant WSCC properties as temporary accommodation. In addition, with partners it is exploring the feasibility of shared use of temporary accommodation, taking a unified approach to working with the private rented sector in West Sussex and other initiatives such as the development of modular housing to tackle the pressures on accommodation.
- A successful bid to MHCLG has secured £275,000 in funding to prevent rough sleeping which is being delivered through local homeless charities. This work is overseen by the Strategic Housing Group that reports into the Chief Executives Group.
February 2018 performance
Whether this is a continuing trend will become evident shortly as, particularly private sector landlords, are expressing greater misgivings about granting tenancies to households that are likely to be reliant on Universal Credit to pay the rent.
The local housing authorities are utilising their additional burdens funding to recruit more staff to deliver the obligations that are expected under the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, which comes in to force on 1st April 2018 and will put a greater emphasis on homeless prevention activity.”
Quarter 3 - December 2017 performance