City of Edinburgh Council Delivering the Homelessness Strategy

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Presentation given by Mairi Keddie, Planning, Partnerships and Commissioning Manager, Edinburgh City Council at a FEANTSA seminar on "The impact of the economic crisis on tackling homelessness at local level", hosted by the Committee of the Regions, May 2009

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City of Edinburgh Council Delivering the Homelessness Strategy

  1. 1. City of Edinburgh CouncilDelivering the Homelessness Strategy
  2. 2. Edinburgh Context -Demographics Scotland’s capital city 600000 2.2 500000 2.1 Population – 468,070 and 400000 2.0 growing 300000 1.9 Households - 213,630. 200000 1.8 Increase to 288,500 in 2031 100000 1.7 0 1.6 Average household size will 2006 2011 2016 2021 2026 2031 reduce to 1.82 people in 2031. Projected Population Projected Households Projected Household Size
  3. 3. Edinburgh Context Housing 65% owner occupation Largest private rented sector in Scotland -17% 16% council and housing association 58% of properties are flats
  4. 4. Shortage of Affordable Housing12,000 new affordable homes needed over 10years27,000 people on Edindex – Edinburgh’shousing register154 bids per council house5,000 homeless presentations each year
  5. 5. Homelessness Presentations Homelessness Presentation and Council Lets 6000 5000 4000 Cases 3000 2000 1000 0 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 homeless presentation CEC Lets
  6. 6. Homelessness Strategy First Homelessness Strategy focussed on tackling crisis – Rough Sleepers Initiative – Supporting People Outcome – Reduction in rough sleeping – Crisis management services in place But still high level of presentations
  7. 7. New Homelessness Strategy Preventing homelessness Finding a home Keeping a home
  8. 8. Procurement contextLess money – need to bemore efficientNeed to demonstrate thatvalue for money andquality have been testedOpen tendering regardedas best approach
  9. 9. Approach to procurement High focus on quality (70%) Outcomes delivery Link to wider strategy and sustainment Added value
  10. 10. Focus of new services Outcomes – prevent homelessness – customers access the private rented sector. – customers sustain accommodation – customers access temporary accommodation – customers access training, employment, and volunteering – customers access primary health care services.
  11. 11. What we have achieved –Presentations down 6000 0.6 0.5 5000 0.4 0.3 4000 0.2 0.1 3000 0 2002- 2003- 2004- 2005- 2006- 2007- 2008- 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Homeless Presentation % housed
  12. 12. What we have achieved –New Services Prevent 500 hours of preventative homelessness visiting support Housing advice service (3000 households) Finding a home Crisis centre Private rented sector Keeping a home General and complex needs support Establish a home
  13. 13. Key lessons Strategy Time Registration issues Monitoring in transition Focus on outcomes Strong relationships
  14. 14. Issues to considerEnsures strong link to Transition potentiallystrategy unsettlingDemonstration of best Hard work but easier oncevalue/quality up and runningAllows innovation Could limit flexibilityCommissioning on an open Current negative views ofand transparent basis tenderingDelivery open to all Flexibilityproviders

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