Council working with key partners to prevent homelessness
A group of key partners are working together to prevent homelessness and raise awareness of the underlying issues of homelessness in the Borough ahead of World Homeless Day on 10th October.
A group of key partners are working together to prevent homelessness and raise awareness of the underlying issues of homelessness in the Borough ahead of World Homeless Day on 10th October. Partners tackling homelessness together include the Council, ManInPlace, TACT, STAY and the YMCA.
The main objective of the partnership is to work together to prevent homelessness and help people who are or at risk of being homeless to move forward, gain life skills and access courses and volunteering opportunities which may lead to employment.
A £100,000 grant from the Council’s Telford 50 legacy fund is helping tackle homelessness in the borough. The funding will be used for:
•A new homelessness mental health worker – to work directly with homeless people with mental health issues and helping them to find volunteering opportunities and training.
•A new resettlement officer – to help offenders resettle into communities.
•Recruitment of an Engagement Coach – to work one to one with homeless clients who are not able to work in groups, by supporting them and helping them to gain confidence and to move into employment and sustainable accommodation.
•Recruitment of a Volunteer Link Co-ordinator – to make best use of existing volunteers and attract new ones to help homeless people and to co-ordinate donations.
•Tenant ready training: a training package to help clients to learn essential skills and knowledge in becoming or sustaining a long term tenancy.
The additional services will assist with the prevention and relief of homelessness along with the existing advice provided by the Council’s Housing Solutions team. The service assists each year around 3000 people across the borough with housing advice and assistance.
Councillor Richard Overton, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Enforcement, said: “The Homelessness Reduction Act was introduced in April which places more responsibility on the Council to help those who are homeless.
In Telford and Wrekin, we are investing in additional staffing over and above the funding allocated by government, because homelessness is a problem that we must all work together to solve.
The additional money from the Telford 50 legacy fund follows on from extra funding the council made available last year to enable support for rough sleepers all year round and not just in the coldest months of the year. ”
Maninplace provide emergency, temporary, supported and long-term accommodation to people who present as rough sleeping or homeless.
Telford After Care Team (TACT) help people in recovery from using drugs or alcohol.
STAY is a charity who provide support and housing for young homeless people in Telford.
YMCA help and support young people during times of hardship and need.