Quarter 4 March 2019
Tackling homelessness is one of the
most important shared priorities across the West Sussex system, particularly as
the number of applicants on the homeless register in West Sussex has continued
to rise in recent years.
Over the the past few months there
has been significant progress and collaboration to support the delivery of
these priorities. West Sussex County Council has been fully engaged in a County
wide strategy for the procurement of these housing related support services
with a focus on improving outcomes and efficiencies. A set of design
principles has been developed which will be used to inform future joint
commissioning across the local partnerships enabling continued investment in
housing related support services.
The Rapid Rehousing Grant secured by the Council’s strategic
housing lead on behalf of the system has provided an additional £335,000 to delivering a Rapid Rehousing Pathway in
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. The roles in brief are:
Navigators: these officers will support rough
sleepers from their first contact with services giving a continued single point
of contact and support through the pathway system to settled accommodation.
Supported Lettings Officers:
these officers will provide tenancy sustainment support to sit alongside homes
that are let to rough sleepers leaving the street, former rough sleepers
leaving hostels, and those at imminent risk of rough sleeping.