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Presentation given by Janet Bochel, Taff Housing Association and Louise Webster, Cardiff City Council, Wales at a FEANTSA conference on "People who are homeless can be housed: ...

Presentation given by Janet Bochel, Taff Housing Association and Louise Webster, Cardiff City Council, Wales at a FEANTSA conference on "People who are homeless can be housed:
An insight into successful practices from across Europe", Cardiff, Wales, 2008

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    Social Housing Provision in Wales Social Housing Provision in Wales Presentation Transcript

    • Louise Webster – Cardiff CouncilJanet Bochel – Taff Housing Association
    • BACKGROUND • The priority Need (Homeless) Wales order 2001 • Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation Order•Housing Act 1996 2006)•2002 Homeless Act•2004 Housing Act
    • SUPPORTING THE VULNERABLEIf not in a priority need category: Tenant Adult Services Support Bus Project• Direct access Homelessness Outreach accommodation Health• Private rented Frontline Services sector Grassroots Police• …Rough Streetlife Children’s Community Safety Sleeping… Services
    • HOMELESSNESS IN CARDIFF: SIZE OF THE PROBLEMDECISIONS TAKEN FOR 2007/08 No.Eligible, unintentionally homeless and in 710priority needEligible, homeless and in a priority need, but 41intentionally soEligible, homeless but not in priority need 107Eligible, but not homeless 93Ineligible households 8TOTAL DECISIONS 959
    • HOMELESSNESS ON MONDAY 20.10.08• Currently 407 households in Temporary accommodation- 255 of which are couples with dependents and single parents• 199 in leased properties• 89 households in supported housing• 101 in Council/Housing Association stock• 18 in Frontline hostels• 12 known to be sleeping rough
    • WHAT DO THE LOCAL AUTHORITY AND HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS DO TO PREVENT HOMELESSNESS?Financial Accommodation• Bonds / Rent in Advance • Exchange• Benefits maximisation • Transfer• Debt / mortgage rescue • Homes Outside Cardiff • Points maximisationRelationships Care and Support• Family Mediation • Floating Support (Tenant• Landlord Liaison Support Scheme assisted• Homesafe / target 1635 people in 2007/08) hardening • Unified Assessment
    • TAFF HOUSING ASSOCIATION’S ROLE AS LANDLORD• General needs housing• Build new homes – 100% nominations• Homeless nominations• Managing partners• 50% voids to Local Authority• Lease properties
    • TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION• Homeless Hostels• Homelessness Assistance Scheme (buy properties and let for 10 years)• Refugee Houses
    • SUPPORT PROVIDER• Support people in own homes to help sustain tenancies• Specialisms - high risk and high need, older people, families, young people and generic.• Most support temporary but ranges from intensive to low level ongoing, for older people
    • STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT• Resettlement Strategy• Common Waiting list• Exclusion’s• Maximising supply of housing• Multi agency strategy panel
    • THE FUTURE