The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 and preventing homelessness
The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 reforms England’s homelessness legislation by placing duties on councils to intervene at earlier stages to prevent homelessness in the local area. It also requires councils to provide homelessness services to all those affected, not just those who have priority need. The new duties include:
- working with people who are threatened with homelessness within 56 days rather than 28 days
- supporting households who are already homeless for 56 days by helping them to secure accommodation
- providing advice and information free of charge about homelessness and the prevention of homelessness and the rights of homeless people, as well as the help available and how to access that help.
If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness you should contact the Council’s Housing Options team as soon as possible on 0300 123 2442.