Supporting the homeless key priority for Council

Support for rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness is a key priority for Hart District Council. In the last year alone, 74 households have been prevented from becoming homeless. 

The new 2021/22 Ending Rough Sleeping Plan will continue to build on this important work. It addresses four key priorities - prevention, intervention, financial advice and supporting the vulnerable, working alongside partner agencies. 

Rough sleeping levels in Hart remain consistently low due to the level of work put in to ensure those at risk are prevented from doing so and those precariously housed are provided with the security they need to prevent homelessness.

The Council has a ‘No First Night Out’ (NFNO) policy in place to support people before they hit the streets. Once notified of a rough sleeper, council staff will respond within the hour, wherever possible, offering emergency accommodation and drawing up a longer-term plan of support.

Fast-track debt advice is offered through the local Citizens Advice Bureau and Hart’s Health and Wellbeing Officer supports some of the most vulnerable clients to ensure stability and that tenancies are successfully maintained.

This is further strengthened through a partnership with Rushmoor Borough Council which supports the Council in meeting the health and social care needs of those experiencing rough sleeping.

Councillor Stuart Bailey, Cabinet member for Community, said: “The impacts of homelessness can be devastating for individuals and families and reducing rough sleeping is a key priority for the Council.
“Our successful links with the Police, mental health organisations, charities and our own Community Safety Team means we have a joined-up approach to helping some of the most vulnerable people in Hart. The new Ending Rough Sleeping Plan will build on the excellent work already achieved.”

For information on how to get advice if you or someone you know is or may become homeless, visit our housing advice webpage.

You can report anyone you suspect might be sleeping rough by:
•    Telephoning the Engagement and Support team during office hours on 01252 774239 (01252 774477 out of hours) or email 
•    Contacting the Streetlink website or telephoning 0300 500 0914 and the information will be reported to the Council.

24 August 2021