Decision Maker: Executive Board
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
Executive board is requested to approve the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2023 – 2028
Impact On Wards
Homelessness can be experienced by anyone and people across all wards in Leeds can be impacted by homelessness. This Strategy is designed to provide strategic direction for the council, and its stakeholders, to support people throughout the city, in all wards.
Financial and procurement implications
The Strategy has a preventative and early intervention theme and focuses on tackling homelessness at the root cause. The Strategy aims to maintain existing, or reduce, temporary accommodation placements, therefore averting spend pressures on the council.
The Strategy has been designed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders with an aim for it to be a working document to set the strategic direction for those working in the homelessness sector improve outcomes for the people in Leeds.
The Director of Communities, Housing and Environment submitted a report presenting a new Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy covering the period 2023 – 2028, which was designed to provide the Council and partner organisations with an updated strategic direction and framework to achieving the city priority of reducing homelessness and rough sleeping. The report noted that the strategy had been informed by the extensive consultation which had been undertaken.
In presenting the report the Executive Member highlighted the strategy’s 4 overarching ambitions and provided an overview of the actions which lay beneath those ambitions. The consultation undertaken in the development of the strategy was emphasised, with it being highlighted that the approach being taken was to ensure that the aims of the strategy were underpinned by positive engagement. Finally, the Board was invited to approve the strategy as presented, and the aims and priorities within it.
Responding to an enquiry the Board received further information regarding the measuring of the strategy’s outcomes and the data that would be used to target services as appropriate, with it being noted that the intention was to review outcomes after 6 months to evaluate the impact being made.
RESOLVED – That the new Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2023 – 2028, as presented at Appendix 1 to the submitted report, be approved.
Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;
Other reasons / organisations consulted
The Strategy has already gone through extensive consultation involving a wide range of stakeholders. The process of consultation is described in the Strategy. A main focus of the consultation was through the Homelessness Prevention Forum which is attended by a large number of partners and those with lived experience. Consultation has also taken place with young people for example, through attending our youth hub, and through attendance at the LGBT+ Social and Wellbeing Café. The Strategy sets out further commitment to consult and engage with groups of people in the community to inform future service design.
Homelessness Prevention Forum.
Contact: Kerrie Murray, Service Manager Operations 0113 3789531 Email: Kerrie.Murray@leeds.gov.uk.
Report author: Kerrie Murray
Publication date: 03/08/2023
Date of decision: 26/07/2023
Decided at meeting: 26/07/2023 - Executive Board
Effective from: 05/08/2023