Eastleigh Borough Council has reaffirmed its commitment to tackling the issues of homelessness and rough sleeping as part of a five year strategy.
The new strategy reinforces the Council’s commitment to end homelessness in the Borough and builds on the excellent work carried out by the housing team over the last five years. It recognises that there are few things that contribute more to our residents well-being than having a secure place they can call home. In particular it will play a significant part in addressing the two strategic priorities of:
- Tackling social deprivation and health inequalities
- Enabling health and wellbeing
It sets out our approach to tackling homelessness within the Borough and signals our intention to deliver a service which is compassionate, fair and effective at helping residents at the time when they need our help the most.
A key aspect in helping Eastleigh Borough Council to fulfil its statutory duties under the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 is to continue to work in partnership with key agencies; adopting a person-centred approach and being proactive in tackling homelessness.
Cabinet Lead for Social Policy Cllr Tina Campbell said, “As a Council we will work tirelessly to remove the stigma of homelessness recognising that any one of us could find ourselves facing homelessness; and should the worst happen, we are committed to being a source of help, guidance and support for residents so that they are able to retain their home or quickly find a new one.”
She added, “This strategy contributes to our overall vision to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone who lives and works in the borough so that all our residents have an equal opportunity to flourish and live long, happy and healthy lives. Providing secure and good quality housing is invaluable to maintaining good health, improving quality of life and reducing health inequalities in the borough It is a core component of our commitment to supporting and creating sustainable communities and we believe the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy will help us deliver our vision.”