New strategy for tackling homelessness and rough sleeping

Published: Monday, 18 May 2020

Northampton Borough Council cabinet members are set to discuss proposals for a new homelessness and rough sleeping strategy 2020-23.

The strategy aims to set out how the council and its partners will tackle, prevent and reduce homelessness in the area.

The strategy takes into account the new legislation and guidance, the findings of the review of homelessness in Northampton undertaken during autumn 2019, the results and analysis of the public consultation carried out in February and March 2020.

In developing this strategy, the council organised a series of stakeholder events where four strategic objectives have been identified including the prevention of homelessness through early and targeted intervention, the creation of effective and collaborative partnerships and the sharing of information and resources.

The proposed strategy includes a target to reduce rough sleeping in Northampton and hold regular meetings of the Single Homelessness Forum and Family Homelessness Forum to improve communication, engage stakeholders and provide partners with the opportunity to intervene early to prevent homelessness.

Councillor Stephen Hibbert, cabinet member for housing, said: “Tackling and preventing homelessness and rough sleeping is a priority in Northampton and this strategy reflects the importance and commitment of organisations and services working together to address the issue and improve people’s life chances.

“Together with our partners - housing providers, advice and support agencies, day centres, faith and community groups, statutory services and voluntary sector organisations – we want to reaffirm our commitment to doing everything we can to reduce homelessness and avoid the need for people to sleep rough on the streets of Northampton. We believe this new strategy will help us achieve this.”

Cabinet will discuss the proposals at its first virtual meeting on Wednesday 20 May at 6pm. Full details on the proposals can be found online at www.northampton.gov.uk/cabinetmay2020

The cabinet meeting will be streamed directly to YouTube at 6pm on 20 May www.youtube.com/user/northamptonbcTV