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Council meets government housing target

Archived press release

Date Published: 10/07/06

The number of homeless families living in temporary accommodation in Aylesbury Vale is down by 50 per cent thanks to hard work by AVDC’s housing staff. The government has set local authorities a challenging target to halve the number of hou...

The number of homeless families living in temporary accommodation in Aylesbury Vale is down by 50 per cent thanks to hard work by AVDC’s housing staff.

The government has set local authorities a challenging target to halve the number of households in temporary accommodation by 2010.

At the end of March 2006 there were 44 families in temporary accommodation, a reduction of 45 from December 2004. This means that the council has achieved the government’s temporary accommodation target four years early.

The reduction in the number of households in temporary accommodation has been achieved through a number of measures, including partnership work with Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) to provide more housing, funding measures such as rent deposit schemes to enable households to find good quality accommodation in the private sector, and providing mediation services to resolve family relationship breakdowns and enable young people to remain in the family home. AVDC has also made a concerted effort to use bed and breakfast accommodation as a last resort.

Earlier this year the council produced a three-year action plan to bring about a further reduction in the use of temporary accommodation. The strategy includes plans for the prevention of homelessness and the provision of support mechanisms for those people who are, or may become homeless.

AVDC, in partnership with other organisations, is aiming to reduce the number of households in temporary accommodation by:

  • Supporting the Griffin Place development in Aylesbury. Bromford Housing Association is replacing the council’s current hostel, Aylesbury New Lodge, with Griffin Place, a new
    development comprising 105 rooms and flats available for families requiring immediate housing. The council is contributing £7.6 million to the scheme, which includes the land valued at £3.3 million.
  • Providing 25 long stay and self contained homes for homeless single people. The council has set aside £2 million towards the development of this project.
    Arranging more home visits and widening the scope of advice offered to private sector tenants.
  • Allocating “difficult to let” housing stock, such as bungalows in rural locations not required by elderly people, to homeless households.
    Nominating high priority applicants, including homeless households, to landlords for empty properties.
  • Giving support to private landlords through the landlords’ forum and developing an accreditation scheme for private landlords to ensure best practice is followed.

Councillor Michael Edmonds, Cabinet Member for Housing, Environment and Health, commented: “The reduction in homelessness is a fantastic achievement and housing officers have worked very hard to deliver this result. Not only does it mean fewer households have to face the problem of homelessness and living in temporary homes, it also means that costs to the council have also been reduced which is good news for council tax payers. However, we are not going to become complacent and will continue to work with our partners to reduce homelessness still further.”

Contact information

Telephone:

01296 585099

Email:

communications@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk