Homelessness Strategy

Since the introduction of the Homelessness Act 2002, the Council has a duty to produce a homelessness strategy. The first strategy was published in July 2003. Our 2015 - 2020 Homelessness Strategy was written following a homelessness review and extensive consultation with partners, stakeholders, service users and the wider public.

The Strategy provides a short and medium term perspective on homelessness in Stevenage and presents a five year plan to tackle homelessness through preventative measures and partnership working. It sets out five strategic priorities to permanently reduce the levels of homelessness in our town and to improve services to persons affected by homelessness. The Strategy includes an action plan which forms an integral part of the document: it attempts to deliver tasks to meet these priorities and to achieve the desired outcomes. Progress and performance against each of these priorities will be monitored within the Action Plan. The Action Plan will be updated and published annually. The five priorities are:

Prevention of Homelessness - To ensure a joint and collaborative working approach to prevent homelessness and making sure that every contact with our services counts.  

Maximise use of the Private Rented Sector - To increase the availability of good quality, affordable private rented accommodation in Stevenage.   

Best use of Temporary Accommodation - To ensure a portfolio of temporary accommodation options of a size and variety which is sufficient to meet the level of need.

Support for Homeless Households - To maximise the opportunity for households to receive housing support to enable them to sustain their homes and also to benefit from support in areas such as money and debt advice, health and education, employment, access to financial services and development of life skills. 

Maximise supply of new Affordable Housing – To deliver a Council Housebuilding and Acquisitions Programme, to increase/replace the Council’s own stock and help maintain the provision of affordable housing within the borough. This priority will be achieved through the Council’s Development Strategy linked with this Homelessness Strategy and other corporate strategies.


Homelessness Strategy 2015 - 2020

Consultation outcome report

Related pages 

Housing Strategy


Contact details 

Housing Advice and Homelessness
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House

01438 242242