COUNCIL LAUNCHES CONSULTATION TO TACKLE HOMELESSNESS

Residents in High Peak are being asked to help shape the council’s approach to addressing homelessness, in a consultation launched this week.

The consultation, which closes on Friday 7 September 2012, asks residents to comment on a draft homelessness strategy that outlines a number of housing issues that will help to tackle homelessness in the borough.

These include:

  • Preventing homelessness and sustaining tenancies.
  • Working in partnership with High Peak Community Housing to mitigate the impacts that changes to the welfare benefits will bring.
  • Increasing the availability of affordable housing.

Deputy Leader and Executive Councillor for Community Services, Cllr Anthony McKeown said:  “The majority of residents in High Peak are unaffected by homelessness.  However there are still people in the borough who live with the constant threat of homelessness or being unable to afford rent.

“Homelessness can be caused by a number of factors and is not necessarily intentional. Sometimes people find they are homeless due to an abusive relationship or in other cases mental illness and drug use can play a part.  Sometimes it’s because families’ breakdown or bills can’t be paid following the loss of employment.

“Either way, it is something that as a council we want to work with local people to address.  We are very keen to consult our residents on these important issues and would be interested to hear your views both on the strategy for the future and the delivery plan for putting the strategy into action.”

This consultation will run from Monday 20 August 2012 until 5pm on Friday 7 September 2012.

Enquiries:  For further information on this consultation document please email
kate.hall@highpeak.gov.uk or telephone Kate Hall on 845 129 77 77 or 01298 28400.

Consultation responses: please send consultation responses by either email to kate.hall@highpeak.gov.uk or by post to Kate Hall, Housing Strategy Officer, High Peak Borough Council, Town Hall, Market Place, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6EL

ENDS

Note to Editors

The website link to the consultation on the draft homelessness strategy is http://www.highpeak.gov.uk/hp/council-services/affordable-housing/homelessness-strategy-consultation

 

23/08/12

 

HPBC Media Release Contact: Charles Malkin – Media Relations Manager

Press Office: 0845 129 7777 ext 2128

Email: CharlesMalkin@highpeak.gov.uk

 

Web:  www.highpeak.gov.uk

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