Enfield council plans to end homelessness

Enfield council plans to end homelessness
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09.12.2019
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An determination has been planned by the Enfield council to end homelessness.

The plan to put an end to  homelessness in Enfield has been signed off by the council’s top brass.

The local authority will aim to concentrate on intervening early to prevent people from becoming homeless, so it no longer needs to place residents in temporary accommodation.

It sees the private rental sector as a solution to the homelessness problem and aims to boost the supply of this accommodation using the council-owned Housing Gateway company.

Identified as a “step change” in approach by the council leader, the new Preventing Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy was approved by cabinet members on Wednesday (December 4).

The report states the rate of homelessness in Enfield has soared by 250 per cent since 2011 – partly due to government welfare reforms such as Universal Credit and a cap on benefits.

Enfield has the second-highest number of people in temporary accommodation in the country and had the fourth-highest rough sleeper count in London in 2018.

Council leader Cllr Nesil Caliskan (Labour, Jubilee) told the cabinet meeting: “This is a step change – it is different to what the administration was doing and indicates we are going in another direction. Part of that is acknowledging the private sector is here and it is not serving residents well. We have to engage with the private rented sector far earlier than we do.”

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