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Cherwell District Council to help halt homelessness

Council here to help halt homelessness.

Following a change in legislation, people threatened with homelessness in Cherwell are being urged to contact the council as soon as they can.

The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 came into force in April 2018 and increases the number of people eligible for help.

Councillor John Donaldson, Cherwell District Council’s lead member for housing, said:

“The new act represents a significant change in homelessness legislation; however Cherwell is in a good position to respond as it already has a prevention-based approach to homelessness.

“It increases our duty to assist households regardless of priority need or local connection. It is not entirely clear what impact this will have so we will carry out a review in 12 months to see if our Homelessness Strategy should be modified.

“The most important thing is that people remember we are here to help and if they are at all worried about being made homeless, they should contact the council as soon as possible.”

Some of the legislation changes include extending the period during which someone can be considered to be at threat of homelessness from 28 days to 56.

It also requires the council to carry out an assessment and to create a personalised plan in which both the council and the applicant agree a set of actions to end a period of homelessness or the threat of homelessness.

Anyone who is homeless or worried about becoming homeless should call the council during office hours on 01295 227004 or 01295 221531 at any other time.

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