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Homelessness Strategy Update

Meeting: 14/01/2020 - Scrutiny : Regeneration, Public Protection and Housing (Item 619)

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To consider report of the Interim Deputy Chief Executive


Alyn Owen referred to the ‘Homelessness Strategy – Update’ report.


Cerys Clark then led the Committee in detail through the report and together with Councillor G Thomas, Alyn Owen and Suzanne Lewis-Abbott responded in detail to the following questions raised by the Committee:


·         Paragraph 6.5 – Explanation requested of why the location of Chaplin’s is no longer appropriate and information requested on alternative accommodation

·         Paragraph 7.0 – Increase in demand for single accommodation – Has anything been done in relation to underlying trends

·         Prison Leavers – Is there data available for release dates – Is there anything done by the Council prior to prisoners being released

·         Care Leavers - Is there a Strategy in place to prevent homelessness

·         Paragraph 4.13 – Are there enough placements available - HMO’s

·         The effect of staff cuts on the Department

·         Further explanation requested on the role of the ‘One Stop Shop’ staff

·         Explanation requested on ‘Psychologically Informed Accommodation’

·         Beneficial to have future updates on success stories in relation to support and accommodation

(The Chair then proposed a report to the Committee on Case Studies)


·         Further explanation requested in relation to Homelessness figures

(Cerys Clark advised that she would circulate the new figures to the Committee)


·         Paragraphs 6.1 and 4.9 – Request for more detailed comparison figures for where we are

(Suzanne Lewis-Abbott advised that an updated report would be shared with the Committee together with the inclusion of figures from all the other Local Authorities)


·         Is the Council able to buy its own property and provide HMO’s in suitable locations – If unable to purchase could properties be leased


Resolved that:


The content of the report be noted.


The Chair then thanked Councillor G Thomas and the Officers for the update to the Committee.


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