Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 21ST SEPTEMBER, 2011
REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION): 7TH SEPTEMBER, 2011
“ HOMELESSNESS LEASING SCHEME (DLPPHS) -
Members were updated on the progress and success of the Homelessness Leasing Scheme and the expansion of the scheme in excess of the original 10 properties identified within the pilot. The Operational Manager reported that the 10 Hafod Housing Association properties in the Scheme were mainly single person accommodation and, from inception, had been filled continuously. Attention was drawn to a likely increase in homelessness among single people as a consequence of forthcoming Welfare Reforms. An increase in the provision of leased properties to 30 would immediately give an additional 20 spaces, thereby reducing the need to utilise Bed and Breakfast accommodation. It was considered helpful to build into that approval the flexibility to add additional properties onto the Scheme should demand require it which would assist the Housing Advice Team in meeting the requirement to provide good quality affordable temporary accommodation as quickly as possible.
In response to a question as to the average stay of a young person in the properties on the Scheme, the Operational Manager referred to the average number of days that all homeless households spent in temporary accommodation other than Bed and Breakfast which averaged 110 days. Other questions touched upon the costs incurred by the Council in terms of, for example, furniture, given the turnover of those properties and the criteria used to assess homelessness. The Operational Manager confirmed that such costs were not excessive and that the very fact that spend on Bed and Breakfast accommodation was reduced saved the Council money overall. No formal consultation had been undertaken either with Hafod or with the tenants during the pilot but the overall view expressed was that the Scheme had been very successful. The Operational Manager indicated that work was ongoing with people within the hostel and other temporary accommodation to assess their views.
Members welcomed the success of the Scheme and paid tribute to the Operational Manager and his staff for their efforts in tackling homelessness.
(2) T H A T the Cabinet be requested to support an increase to the number of properties on the Scheme from 10 to 30, with the flexibility to add additional properties in the future should the Scheme continue its success and demand continued.
Reasons for recommendations
(2) For Executive decision and to ensure that the Scheme can expand to meet identified needs.”