It's Gold for housing service

Date: 17 Jul, 2017

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The team that helps prevent homelessness in Stafford Borough has picked up their Gold award.

The Stafford Borough Council service is the first in the midlands to be awarded gold in the Government’s ‘Gold Standard Programme.’

The local authority prevented around 600 people and families from becoming homeless over the last 12 months.

Councillor Jeremey Pert, Cabinet Member for Communities, along with council officers collected their award at a presentation at Warwick University.

The award is made by the ‘National Practitioner Support Service’ (NPSS) and examines different elements of the service the Borough Council’s Housing Team provides. This includes giving housing advice, support, and assistance to people who are homeless, or under threat of finding themselves without a roof over their head.

A number of schemes are in place to tackle the problem, working with private landlords, social housing providers and voluntary organisations - such as the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

Councillor Jeremy Pert, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “I am pleased that our work in helping homeless people, preventing many from becoming homeless, and providing support for the more vulnerable people in the Borough, is delivering results and has been recognised nationally for doing so.

“Homelessness is an issue across the UK and the more work that Stafford Borough Council and its partners can do to prevent homelessness in the first place by securing enough suitable homes for people, and helping them keep their accommodation, is critical.

“Having such a well-regarded Housing Options team, both regionally and nationally, working to support residents of the Borough at whatever stage they are at is very important to delivering our strategy and addressing the human-side of homelessness. And we will continue to work to prevent people becoming homeless in this area, and, where it does happen, to support those people affected, with the help and input of the Housing Team and partners."

Anyone worried about becoming homeless should contact the Council immediately on 01785 619000 or in an emergency, out of office hours, on 01785 619170. For more details of how the Council can help go to www.staffordbc.gov.uk/housing.

Press Release 5368

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