Neath Port Talbot Council is seeking views on its draft Homelessness Strategy for 2018 to 2022.
The Council has published its draft strategy on how it plans to prevent homelessness wherever possible and effectively support people when it occurs. It also reflects how the Council will deliver on the strategy while facing the challenges of an increasing demand for services and the need to find savings.
The strategy outlines a stronger emphasis on preventative services as a way of supporting people before they reach a point of crisis. The three main approaches in the strategy are to:
- Focus on the support available in the community;
- Provide evidence based support and accommodation options for people with complex needs who have experienced repeat episodes of homelessness and require a range of services;
- Help people to achieve permanent housing and reduce the demand for temporary accommodation.
To achieve this, the strategy sets out proposals such as working closer with community organisations to identify early signs of people at risk of homelessness, tailored support for individuals with complex needs, pooling budgets where appropriate to commission services and exploring opportunities for implementing a multi-agency approach to supporting people at risk or experiencing homelessness.
Councillor Peter Richards, cabinet member for adult social services and health, said:
“Tackling and preventing homelessness is a key priority for Neath Port Talbot Council so we are keen to receive as much feedback as possible from residents, businesses and third sector groups and organisations.
“We want to know what people think of the strategy, how the strategy might affect people if it is implemented and any suggestions for alternative ways of supporting people at risk or experiencing homelessness. It is important for the Council to understand people’s views on the strategy so that we can be fully informed before making any final decision.”
Comments on the strategy can be made in a number of ways. Online questionnaires can be completed by visiting the Council’s dedicated consultation webpages, www.npt.gov.uk/haveyoursay . Paper copies of the questionnaires can be completed and returned at the following locations:
- Neath Civic Centre
- Port Talbot Civic Centre
- The Wallich Bus – various locations across Neath Port Talbot
- Shelter Cymru Office, Windsor Road, Neath
- NPT Council for Voluntary Service office, Alfred Street, Neat
Alternatively, responses can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, Homelessness Strategy Consultation, Cimla Health & Social Care Centre, Cimla, Neath, SA11 3SU.
The consultation closes on Sunday 30th September 2018