Homelessness and Rough Sleeper strategy

The 2019-2024 Homelessness and Rough Sleeper strategy has been completed following the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 and the Rough Sleeper Initiative 2018.

The strategy sets out our approach for tackling Homelessness and Rough Sleeping across the borough with the 4 key priorities being:

  • Prevention and Relief of Homelessness
  • Provision of Temporary Accommodation
  • Housing Development
  • Support for Homeless Households

The strategy has been developed in conjunction with stakeholders, partners and most importantly users of the service, past and present.

Homelessness is an issue across the nation and our vision is to “work co-operatively to prevent and reduce homelessness, and end the need for anyone to sleep rough in Stevenage”.

This strategy sets out our priorities to prevent homelessness, eradicate rough sleeping and stresses the importance of working in partnership to address the wide range of issues that can be linked to homelessness.

The action plan shown at appendix I of the strategy details how the 4 priorities of the strategy will be achieved over the 5 year period. The progress of the plan will be monitored on a quarterly and annual basis as detailed at 1.10 of the strategy.

The strategy details the key achievements from the 2015-2021 strategy and the innovation shown by SBC during this period to celebrate our successes.

The implementation of this strategy will be lead by the Providing Homes teams within Housing and Investment but in conjunction with internal and external teams and providers.