Spelthorne Borough Council has published a report showing the progress being made on the actions outlined in the 2020-2025 Housing Strategy.
Published in March 2020, the Housing Strategy identified three main priorities for the Council – the delivery of more affordable homes, the prevention of homelessness and rough sleeping and the promotion of independent living and wellbeing to support residents to remain in their homes.
The progress report, which can be read on the Council’s website, highlights the achievements of the Housing Options team since the introduction of the Strategy, such as the work undertaken with A2Dominion to deliver specialist advice and support. This includes ‘Project Breakthrough’ aimed at providing tenancy support for residents aged 18-30 who have been affected by the Covid pandemic.
We are working to introduce a young parent supported housing scheme to promote healthy and sustainable parenting and tenancy sustainment. Spelthorne is also commissioning tenancy support for residents aged 50+ who are claiming Universal Credit and need support with employment, training and skills to help them sustain their tenancies.
The report also notes the introduction of ‘Advice Plus’, a borough wide drop-in advice service which is supporting residents by offering advice on housing, money management, benefits and debt as the borough starts to recover after the Covid pandemic.
Preventing and managing homelessness continues to be a key priority and the report highlights the recent completion of two new facilities in Ashford for homeless single people and families needing emergency accommodation. Work is also continuing to deliver hundreds of new affordable homes and identify demand for keyworker housing.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Council was tasked with housing all rough sleepers as part of the government’s ‘Everyone-In’ initiative. The report shows that 23 single homeless people were housed under the initiative and were all later found settled accommodation.
To read the report visit https://www.spelthorne.gov.uk/article/17180/Housing-Strategy