Folkestone & Hythe District Council to Consult On Homelessness Strategy
During the covid-19 pandemic, the street homeless in Folkestone all but disappeared. The government funded a scheme called “Everyone In” which housed homeless people during the lockdown. But funding for the scheme stopped at the end of June. And many people remain homeless despite the scheme. However, street homelessness is just one part of a much larger equation.
Folkestone & Hythe District Council brought the homeless in and paid £25,061 pounds for Bed & Breakfast accommodation in April & May 2020 to house the homeless.
Now the pandemic is over, the homeless have been moved out of their temporary accommodation and are back on the streets of our communities once again.
Next Tuesday, 14th July, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee will meet to discuss the Draft Homelessness Prevention Strategy 2020/25 – see here for the detailed strategy in Appendix 1 & 2 ⇒ FHDC DRAFT Homelessness Prevention Strategy – Appendices 1 and 2.
It’s proposed that the draft homelessness prevention strategy be made available for an eight week consultation period. Following this, the document will be presented to Cabinet, along with a summary of the consultation feedback for final approval.
The proposed three key aims of the draft strategy are set out in section 7 of the draft strategy and are as follows:
To end Rough Sleeping
Early Intervention, Prevention & Support services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
Continued work to maximise access to affordable & suitable accommodation
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