Funding Announced to Help End Homelessness

We’re pleased to announce the award of £172,000 from the Scottish Government to support our 5 year Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan to help prevent homelessness and ensure homeless people get the help they need quickly .

The funding is part of the £50 million Ending Homelessness Together fund announced by the First Minister to support the prevention of homelessness and the implementation of the recommendations from the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group.

As a key part of these recommendations, each local authority submitted their Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan to the Scottish Government by 31 December 2018. Soon we will publish our plan, following feedback received from the Scottish Government. The plan outlines a number of actions under five priorities to achieve rapid rehousing in Angus, developed with extensive consultation with partners, stakeholders and the community:

  • PRIORITY 1: Increase focus on prevention to stop homelessness happening in the first place
  • PRIORITY 2: Ensure households get through the homeless system faster
  • PRIORITY 3: Ensure homeless households can access existing housing
  • PRIORITY 4: Ensure homeless households can access the right type of support
  • PRIORITY 5: Increase affordable housing supply to meet needs of homeless households

The distribution of the remaining £16 million funding for 2020/21 and 2021/22 will be subject to further consideration of potential options by the Scottish Government and COSLA.

Communities Convener, Mark Salmond said

We welcome the additional funding which will help us and our partners deliver a number of initiatives identified to make the change to rapid rehousing that we are all committed to. We will continue to work in partnership with the Scottish Government to support the strong, determined national effort to end rough sleeping, transform the use of temporary accommodation and end homelessness.

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Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan in Angus approved

RRTP

A 5-year Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan was approved by Councillors in last week. As we mentioned in the previous post, Local Authorities, have been asked by the Scottish Government to work with local partners to bring forward a 5-year plan by December 2018.

This is a new policy to address homelessness more pro-actively; through prevention, by moving people through temporary accommodation quicker, and by improving the support they receive through better co-ordination.

Prevention will be the first priority, and that means directing resources to things such as mental health support, combating substance abuse, and helping prevent relationship breakdown. For those who do become homeless we will prioritise the allocation of our accommodation to them so that we can deliver the support they need to re-establish themselves quickly in the community. For that to happen we also need the help and understanding of the community.

We and our partners will also need to increase allocations to homeless households to 58% of all lets initially. So for us, out of the 800 changes of tenancy in the first year, we estimate that around 464 of those will be allocated to homeless households.

The main aim of the Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan will be provide long-term housing provision for Angus citizens, at a time when they are most vulnerable.

This plan sets out how we in Angus can achieve that aim over the next 5 years. Successful implementation of the plan will result in:

  • Increased focus on prevention, to reduce homeless applications
  • Reduced the time it takes to process homeless cases
  • Reduced time spent in temporary accommodation
  • Reducing the number of temporary accommodation units and instead helping support people into permanent housing quicker
  • Increasing tenancy sustainment