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New homeless strategy for South Norfolk seeks to focus on early help measures

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Early action and partnership working are two key elements that are making up a new strategy to tackle homelessness in South Norfolk.

Norwich and Broadland will also be part of the scheme, which is based on evidence that early help has prevented many people being made homeless in those areas.

South Norfolk and the other district authorities will be working on the scheme.

In South Norfolk, for the five years between 2008 and 2013, 1,553 cases of potential homelessness have been prevented, with a further 169 cases requiring relief from homelessness.

The new strategy has been described as “bold” and seeks to further focus on a range of early intervention measures addressing the wide reaching causes of homelessness.

This has involved partnership working with health and social care commissioners, Norfolk County Council and the Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust’s City Reach.

The planning and commissioning of effective healthcare services is viewed as a crucial element in providing effective support.

Each local authority has its own actions within the overall strategy to address specific needs but also share a number of joint actions as greater Norwich is a hub for employment, healthcare and homelessness services.

The document, The Greater Norwich Homeless Strategy, is planned to launch this spring.

The public is also being consulted on their views on the strategy. Visit the South Norfolk Council webpage: http://www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/democracy/864.asp

For more information on the consultation email hsc@s-norfolk.gov.uk

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