Have Your Say On Councilís Homelessness Review
Denbighshire County Council is currently reviewing homelessness in the county Ė and wants to hear your views.
The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 expects all councils to carry out a homelessness review and to draft a strategy by 2018 on how the issues raised will be addressed.
Tackling homelessness is a key priority for the Council:
A total of 147 households were owed a duty to prevent them from becoming homeless, 81 of these households (55%) were successfully prevented from becoming homeless.
- In 2016/17 the Councilís Housing Solutions team saw over 1,200 households who were homeless or at risk of homelessness.
- The service recorded 538 outcomes for clients, of which 59% were single people.
- The majority of cases (69%) that were assessed for assistance were aged over 25 years, and 30% were aged between 18-24 years.
The Council owed a further duty to help secure accommodation to a total of 272 clients, of which a further 79 households had their homelessness relieved after they had actually become homeless.The most successful prevention tool used is assisting people to access private rented accommodation.
Now a review document looks at the homeless levels across Denbighshire, services available, the differing kinds of accommodation on offer, the needs of identified groups and future trends.
Findings of on-going consultations with staff and partner agencies, as well as feedback from the public will be considered and will help inform the homelessness strategy when it is produced later this year.
The documents can be found by visiting: www.denbighshire.gov.uk/consultations. People can take part in an online survey,or provide comments through contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 01824712304. The closing date for comments is May 24.
Love fostering in Denbighshire
Itís Foster Care fortnight (May 8-21) and the campaign by Denbighshire County Council to recruit foster carers in the county continues.
There is a very real shortage of foster carers across the whole of Wales and Denbighshire County Council is encouraging people to give some thought to providing a home for a child or young person in need.
The Council is asking people to consider it at this time of the year when scores of young people will be considering leaving home for university in the coming months or a new job Ė a time when people may feel they have the time and space available to perhaps consider becoming a foster carer.
The Council has been running an on-going campaign called Love Fostering, to increase the number of applications and enquiries received about fostering in the county and to promote the benefits of fostering county-wide.
The 'Love Fostering' campaign includes information website, promotional banners and booklets and the fostering team can provide advice and information to prospective foster carers.
There are a number of differing types of fostering including general fostering (short and long term), respite care to allow other carers to take a break from their duties , short break care to support families who have children with disabilities, support care to enable families to overcome difficult periods in their lives and emergency foster care that can see children placed at very short notice.
Rhiain Morrlle, Service Manager for Looked After Children,said: "Fostering Fortnight is a great opportunity to raise the profile of fostering opportunities and to make people think about the possibility of becoming foster carers.
"We have a dedicated team of staff at the other end of the phone who would be more than willing to have an informal chat and advise people about the fostering process, the benefits of fostering and what it involves.
"Making that phone call may make a real difference to the life of a child or young person in Denbighshire."
To find out more, call 0800 7313215 or visit: www.denbighshire.gov.uk