Issue - meetings
Update on the Management of the Homeless Legislation Within the Housing (Wales) Act 2014
Meeting: 17/07/2018 - Cabinet (Item 209)
As detailed in the recommendations.
Councillor Attridge introduced the Update on the Management of the Homeless Legislation within the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 report which provided an update on how the Council had met the requirements of the new homeless legislation and some of the projected challenges that faced the Council.
The report contained details of the number of triage applications for customers requesting housing assistance which saw an increase of 3.9% in 2017/18 compared to the previous year.
Full details were provided on homelessness, supporting people, development of a Regional Homeless Strategy, the social housing register, private rented sector, interim accommodation, rough sleepers, single households, vulnerable and complex needs, preventing rough sleeping and increasing availability of private rented sector properties.
On supporting people, the Chief Officer (Housing and Assets) added that the Council had funded that service through the Supporting People Programme Grant and should that funding be modified, reduced or removed it would place a budget pressure on the Council. In addition, a pilot was underway to target those individuals who required interventions with rent arrears at the earliest opportunity.
(a) That the update on the management of the new legislation within the
Housing (Wales) Act 2014 be supported;
(b) That the emerging themes within the Regional Homeless Strategy be supported, and the challenges that the Council has faced finding suitable housing options for households, and the plans to mitigate further risks, be noted; and
(c) That the proposals to alleviate homelessness in the county be approved.