Wakefield Council sets out plans to tackle homelessness

Date: 01/07/2014
Ref: PR 4618

Wakefield Council's Cabinet are to discuss a new homelessness strategy to look at how to effectively tackle and prevent homelessness in the district.

This strategy will allow for the continued delivery of services to prevent homelessness in the district and offer support for those that are. It will underpin the development and delivery of homelessness prevention services over the next five years.

The report outlines that homelessness services can improve health, help reduce re-offending, support people into education, training and employment, reduce inequalities and social exclusion, help keep families together, protect the most vulnerable and contribute towards community cohesion.

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: "The strategy sets out our clear vision to improve homeless prevention services to anyone in the district who is homeless or finds themselves in a housing crisis.

"We are committed to delivering comprehensive housing advice, housing options and homeless prevention services to help people to access the right type of accommodation for their needs at a price they can afford.

"We will continue to work with our partners to address wider needs, in particular health, employment and developing skills capacity for people to be independent. We will strive, where possible, to mitigate the impact of welfare reforms on vulnerable households ability to obtain and sustain affordable housing that meets their needs."

The report highlights that homelessness prevention services can deliver cost savings to the Council as often those in need become less reliant on other Council services such as social care, health services and expensive temporary accommodation.

The report is being discussed at the Council's Cabinet meeting on July 8. ​