The Regional Homelessness Group

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North East Regional Homelessness Group

The Regional Homelessness Group consists of representatives from all 12 local authorities, Shelter, and Homeless Link, and occasionally representatives from other sectors such as the prisons and NOMS.

The Group has been meeting for about a year to discuss the use of funding from CLG for addressing rough sleeping.

Research on a whole market approach to preventing homelessness, carried out by Suzanne Fitzpatrick and others, Heriot-Watt and Northumbria Universities

· The development of a Through the Gate Service (now to be called Through the Gate Plus) to help people going into prison for short sentences to keep their homes, and to help people most at risk of homelessness and rough sleeping on leaving prison to find and sustain their home – this is shortly to be provided to work with Holme House, Durham, and Low Newton prisons, complementing the existing Shelter housing advice provision

· Writing up the lessons learnt from the Preventing Offender Accommodation Loss working across Tees Valley

· Identifying ways to address the needs of people staying in private hostels and Bed and Breakfast in a number of North East towns – this work has begun and will report later in 2012

· Personalisation – a pilot piece of work to see how personalisation can be applied to help homeless people including rough sleepers in the North East to access and sustain accommodation

· Hospital discharge and liaison with health services – to address the needs of people who are frequently admitted to hospital, who may be homeless on discharge

CLG has now offered local authorities the opportunity to use a further pot of money to address rough sleeping and single homelessness over the next year or so. In the North East, this money is being managed by 2 lead councils, Newcastle and Durham, and two sub-regional groups (Tyne & Wear / Northumberland, and Tees Valley / Durham). This is what is being planned at the moment:

· A No Second Night Out Standard for the North East has been agreed, and politicians in each council are being asked to sign up to it

· A range of measures to implement NSNO will be put in place across the region, the sub-regions, and each council – to make sure that anyone new to the streets does not have to spend a second night out, and to agree how people who move across the region will be helped to find accommodation (reconnections)

· Work to help entrenched rough sleepers to find the best solution so that they can come in off the streets

· Collecting evidence about the scale of rough sleeping / single homelessness and trends

· Sharing good practice and evidence, and developing initiatives based on these good practices

A seminar on NSNO for senior staff was held in February 2012, and there will be further events for front-line staff about NSNO and addressing and preventing homelessness amongst single people.

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