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Homelessness Strategy - Review

Background

Homelessness is complex and often reflects other vulnerabilities or circumstances related to health, justice or social services. Successful homelessness strategies require all public services to contribute in a way that recognises the personal needs, strengths and assets of every household.

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Cornwall’s current Homelessness Strategy runs until March 2020 and needs reviewing in light of recent legislative and other changes. Cornwall Housing Ltd.manages the Council's Homelessness Services.

The final version of the Strategy has been through the internal Council sign off process and was approved at Cabinet in March 2020, ready to be implemented from 1 April 2020. Partners can take the Strategy through their own internal governance processes. The new Strategy will be added as soon as the Council returns to normal working.

Final Draft Strategy Consultation

Consultation and feedback was used to prepare the Final Draft Strategy which was made available for comment during October and November 2019. A response report has been prepared and which sets out responses received have been used to prepare the Final Strategy.

Initial Draft Strategy Consultation

Consultation and engagement feedback was used to prepare the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy initial consultation version which was available for comment between August and September. A response report is available and has been used to prepare the final draft strategy for comments.

Initial Consultation and Engagement

A twelve week consultation ran from 15 May to 7 August 2019. In addition, a range of engagement events took place across Cornwall with a number of Partners that work in homelessness.

Three response reports are now available:

Stakeholder and Service User Consultation

The first stage in reviewing Cornwall's Homelessness Strategy was to gain feedback on how the current approach is working - from key stakeholders working with homeless households and from users of homelessness services. This was undertaken between November 2018 and January 2019 and the following two reports summarise findings:

A comprehensive evidence base is being prepared and items will be added to these pages over the next few months as they are finalised. The following papers are available:

A literature review provides links to various national and local reports on different aspects of homelessness and which will be periodically updated as useful documents are published.

briefing note was prepared that provides some useful background information on homelessness, such as what has been delivered through the current strategy, the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act, current activity around reducing rough sleeping and an overview of the consultation and engagement planned for the new strategy.