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October 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm #7616
Strong Communities Board – 21st July 2017
There was an update on the inclusive growth item from the previous meeting. Particular attention was given to the engagement work that is happening in Carrington and Partington. An event had recently been held to look at the 15 year vision and involve residents. The feedback was really positive and there is a commitment to continue the ‘conversations’. A clear ask was that we stop talking negatively about Partington and proactively present the positives such as: strengths of the community, employment opportunities and access to green space. Both Roger Sutton and Adrian Bates are very enthusiastic about the progress being made.
We then had a Transformation Fund update from Trafford Council which has submitted a bid to Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA). A primary objective is to integrate Trafford Council and CCG, there are two phases and six work streams to develop the Local Care Organisation (LCO). More details can be seen in the presentation here. A new model of primary care is being developed and will include delivery by voluntary and community sector organisations.
A thought provoking and moving presentation followed next about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). If you have missed this please go to http://www.aces.me.uk/in-wales/ to see a short film. Both boards requested a longer event be organised to further explore and discuss this subject in September.
Finally Trafford Housing Trust reminded us all about the £2m Investment fund being launched in August.
The next meeting is on the 20th October and will focus on the prevention of homelessness. Please contact Jonathan Yates on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or comments you’d like Jonathan to raise.
October 27, 2017 at 9:24 am #7672
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Stronger Communities Board talks Homelessness prevention on 20th October 2017!
The latest Stronger Communities Board meeting focused on preventing homelessness.
Shuff Tariq, Project and Partnerships Manager at GMCA, set the scene by describing the impact of homelessness across GM and what being a ‘Trailblazer’ area means.
Just to get us in the mood Shuff gave us some stark and for some surprising headlines:
• Homelessness applications have increased by 79%
• Use of temporary accommodation has grown by 236%
• Between 189 and 400 rough sleepers
Most people in the room seemed to believe the real rough sleeper figure is much higher. Shuff acknowledged that, even though the numbers are based on actual counts, the method of counting could be improved.
Andy Burnham has been very vocal about tackling homelessness, one of his main priorities, committing to ending rough sleeping by 2020. GM has received a £1.8m social investment bond and recently a further £3.8m for a new region wide approach to preventing homelessness and tackling rough sleeping. Key points of this combined approach were:
• Shared ICT and database system
• Three hubs across GM
• Social letting agency to cover GM
• Homelessness Action Network
• Introduction of ‘housing first’ model and pathway approach
• Commonality of approach but not one size fits all
Trafford Council’s Senior Homelessness Prevention Officer Wendy Greenhalgh then presented the changes brought about by the Homelessness Reduction Act that was passed earlier this year. In addition it was explained that every homelessness applicant is given a personal housing plan (PHP) with the aim of ensuring a reasonable prospect of maintaining a tenancy for six months.
A key emphasis was that not only is it the council’s duty to prevent homelessness it is a cross sector duty and we are all responsible for taking action.
Rob Miller, Manager of HOST (Housing Options Service Trafford), along with colleagues introduced us to his service. HOST provide the statutory homelessness services for Trafford Council (also Salford) and manage the homelessness presentations and applications. A large part of what they do is placing and supporting people in temporary accommodation (TA) while they can help them get into a position where they can secure permanent housing. There are currently 80 people/families in temporary accommodation and seven in bed and breakfast. The average length of stay in TA is nine months.
The presentations generated a lot of discussion and could have taken up more than a full day rather than the couple of hours we had. For me several key things were common throughout and are important to all of us:
1. Homelessness is increasing and having an impact on all our lives
2. We need to identify causes earlier and do more to prevent a person getting to the point of being at risk of becoming homeless
3. Welfare reform, particularly Universal Credit, is putting people in debt and directly contributing to the increase in homelessness.
4. There needs to be greater awareness of services such as HOST and Trafford Assist.
5. Lack of information sharing, again, is a barrier
As the VCSE sector we already do a great deal to prevent homelessness and help those that are. But we can always do more and do it better.
There was a strong commitment from us all, Council, Health, Police, Fire Service and VCSE, to work more collaboratively in Trafford and across GM to make a difference.
Let’s make sure we do!
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