New government legislation is set to give Richmondshire District Council expanded powers to assist families and single people who are at risk of becoming homeless.
The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 will increase the ways in which the council can provide advice and assistance to prevent and relieve homelessness at an earlier stage than previously.
Among the key points of the new Act are:
- If it is believed a person is threatened with becoming homeless within 56 days, the council will take additional steps to give them assistance. Previously the statutory period was 28 days;
- All eligible applicants threatened with homelessness, regardless of priority need can be supported for at least 56 days, in order to help them prevent impending homelessness or secure suitable accommodation;
- The council will agree a personal housing plan with customers threatened with homelessness, and work with them to ensure they have suitable accommodation.