Moray councillors back three-year homelessness strategy
A Moray Council committee has approved a draft homelessness strategy for the next three years, which will now be put to consultation among the community.
The document sets out how the council and its partners will continue to work together to prevent and alleviate homelessness.
Its introduction states: “Homelessness is not always a lifestyle choice that people make; it can happen to anyone. It is the most extreme form of housing need. It is rarely just a ‘bricks and mortar’ problem - it is a complex issue. Many people who experience homelessness are vulnerable and have some support needs but a smaller proportion may have complex needs which require more intensive support.
“The solution to homelessness often requires involvement from a range of agencies including housing providers, professionals in health, education and social care, the voluntary sector and employers.”
The strategy’s main objectives focus on housing options and homeless prevention, the provision of temporary and permanent accommodation and housing support and tenancy sustainment.
A spokesperson for Moray Council said: “The council’s communities committee has approved the draft strategy for consultant and it is important that we consider the views of everyone with an interest in homelessness as we develop the new homeless strategy for 2015-1018.
“This includes the views of people who have experienced homelessness themselves as well as the many different organisations involved in working to prevent homelessness.”
The online consultation survey runs until Friday 18 September and the feedback will be used to develop a final strategy for approval by the council’s communities committee in October.