Homelessness review and proposals

Closed 18 Feb 2013

Opened 16 Nov 2012

Feedback Updated 11 Jun 2013

We Asked

For feedback on the findings of the homelessness review and the proposed priorities for future investment.

You Said

There was support for the proposed priorities however the majority of respondents had concerns about the proposals to reduce hostel provision, day centres and change the way homeless services were delivered.

We Did

Review the proposals to see if we could accommodate the feedback without compromising the key priorities. The proposals are being considered in two phases. The following changes to the Phase 1 draft proposals were made: i) Commission an additional 10 units of support for families for one year, with an option to extend these services, ii) Retain the family support service and Corner Club located at Border House, iii) Commission services to provide support to teenage parents (10 units), iv) Retain day services for homeless people, including the day centre within the Dawn Centre and the Centre Project. Further decisions on Phase 2 which covers support for young people, single people, childless couples and floating support will be made later in the summer.

Overview

The city council is inviting local people and local organisations that run services to feedback on the findings of the homelessness review and the proposed priorities for future investment.

Why We Are Consulting

Message from Cllr Connelly, Assistant Mayor for Housing

Homelessness can have a devastating effect on individuals, families and the wider community.  Therefore, it is important that our homelessness services enable people, who are either facing or experiencing homelessness, to find settled accommodation and are given opportunities to become active members of our community.

There have been many changes to Government Policy and we are concerned about the effect this will have on homelessness in Leicester, especially with the impact of reduced Government funding and the implementation of welfare reform.  This makes it even more difficult to predict the future need for homelessness services.

Following the Homelessness Summit in November 2011, a review of homelessness services across the city was undertaken.  This was done in partnership with the public, voluntary, community and faith sectors.  The findings of the review have led to the development of a new draft Homelessness Strategy and Delivery Proposals for the future.

Homelessness is a city wide issue that requires a city wide response.  I would therefore like to invite you to tell me what you think the issues are, relating to homelessness in Leicester, by responding to our consultation.  All comments will be considered and will contribute to the final version of the Homelessness Strategy (2013-2018) and our Delivery Proposals.

The questionnaire includes a summary of the key points contained in the review report and proposal documents. 

If you wish to read about a particular point in more detail, full versions of these documents are available to download below or as a paper copy, on request. 

 

Client Consultation Event

To ensure that the clients of homeslessness services (past and present) can have their say, we have arranged a consultation event where we will be asking for your views on our proposals. We will also be looking to find out about people's experience of homelessness and their use of homelessness services, which will give us a better idea of the services that will be required in the future.

The event is scheduled to run for three hours from 1-4 pm. The same consultation process will be repeated twice during this time, so you do not have to stay for the full three hours. You can also drop in whenever like during this time if you just want to give us your views.

The consultation event will take place between 1-4pm on the 6th February, 2012 in Hansom Hall at the Adult Education Centre, Wellington Street, Leicester.

Details are on the Homelessness Consultation poster which you can dowload below.

 

 

What Happens Next

The council will keep you informed, listen to and acknowledge concerns and aspirations, and provide feedback on how public input influenced the decision.

 

Consultation Feedback Report

Please see below for a copy of the consultation feedback report and feedback from the consultation event which took place on the 24th June, 2013. A summary of the decisions made as a result of this consultation will be made available on this page in due course.

Areas

  • Abbey
  • Aylestone
  • Beaumont Leys
  • Belgrave
  • Braunstone Park & Rowley Fields
  • Castle
  • Evington
  • Eyres Monsell
  • Fosse
  • Humberstone & Hamilton
  • Knighton
  • Rushey Mead
  • Saffron
  • Spinney Hills
  • Stoneygate
  • Thurncourt
  • Westcotes

Audiences

  • All households
  • All Voluntary and Community Organisations
  • All Public and Private Organisations

Interests

  • Adult social care and safeguarding
  • Housing
  • Public health
  • Revenues and Benefits
  • Children's social care and safeguarding
  • Services for younger children and families