Consultation on Lewes District Rough Sleeping and Homelessness Strategy 2022-27

We are inviting feedback from residents and partner organisations over our draft Rough Sleeping and Homelessness Strategy for Lewes District. 

The draft strategy has been produced in response to the findings of a review of homelessness in the district, which took place in the summer of 2021. This review set out the local operating context, analysed the level of demand for homelessness services, and assessed the operation of the support and financial resources in place dedicated to addressing homelessness and its causes.

The final section of the review proposed a series of strategic responses that set out to focus on; 

  • preventing homelessness occurring; 
  • intervening effectively where homelessness has already occurred; and 
  • promoting sustainable solutions to delivering housing options and support services.

We have used the comments received through the consultation to help shape the draft strategy, upon which we are now seeking your views.

This consultation is being undertaken in-line with the requirements set out in the Homelessness Act 2002, which places a legal responsibility on local authorities to carry out a review of homelessness in their district, then publish a revised homelessness strategy every five years. 

Summary of strategy contents

The opening sections provide a definition of homelessness, present a summary of the national and local operating context, outline the strategic fit to the Lewes District Corporate Plan, and provide a summary of the review findings and responses. The key sections of the strategy introduce nine objectives, based around the three core themes as follows:

Prevention

  • Quality housing needs services - dedicated to effective advice, holistic and informed assessment. 
  • Preventative casework - avoiding those seeking help from becoming homeless.
  • Targeted preventions for the most vulnerable groups – through the provision of agreed pathways into support.
  • Strategic activities - that seek to identify issues that drive homelessness across the district and apply remedies to reduce it.

Intervention

  • Tackling rough sleeping - continue supporting the county-wide approach to reducing harm and addressing associated multiple, complex needs. 
  • Partnership working - maximise the effectiveness of pathways for at risk groups. 
  • Temporary housing – provide a safe, secure, value-for-money accommodation portfolio.

Sustainable solutions

  • Re-housing - establish a range of sustainable housing and move-on options for homeless households.
  • Support - deliver effective support services to help customers maintain accommodation once housed.

An accompanying plan sets outcomes and a timeline for a series of actions associated with each objective. The contents of this plan will be reviewed each year to check that it reflects current challenges.  

Sending us your views

Residents, partners and agencies are invited to comment on this strategy. Please send any comments you have by email to BPP@lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk

The consultation closes on Friday 11 February 2022 at 5pm.

Download the draft Lewes Rough Sleeping & Homelessness Strategy 2022 - 2027

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