Homeless Reduction Act 2017
The Homelessness Reduction Act came into effect on 3 April 2018 and increased the requirements for South Staffordshire Council to help eligible applicants - rather than just those with a "Priority Need"
The Act adds two new duties in addition to the main housing duty.
The two new duties are:
1. Prevent: Duty to take steps to prevent homelessness:
We can help you if you are at risk of becoming homeless within 56 days. This means you can get help if you've received a valid notice from your landlord and if you are struggling to find somewhere else to live, or in other circumstances where you are likely to become homeless.
2. Relief - Duty to take steps to relieve homelessness:
We will help all eligible households who are likely to become homeless to find suitable accommodation. We are here to help, but it does not mean that we are required to provide a home for everyone.
Main housing duty
The main housing duty remains the same, this means that after 56 days, the relief duty comes to an end if you have not been able to secure alternative accommodation. We will then assess whether or not a main housing duty will be owed to you after the relief duty ends.
The main housing duty is owed to anyone who:
- remains homeless after the relief duty and
- are in priority need and
- have not made themselves intentionally homeless.
We will be under a duty to source suitable alternative accommodation for anyone who is owed the main housing duty. The offer of accommodation can be made in the private rented sector, in housing association property or in council accommodation depending on availability of suitable accommodation.
Personal Housing Plans
We will work with you to agree a Personal Housing Plan which will outline the actions for you and South Staffordshire Council to take, which will help prevent you becoming homeless and/or help you find a new home.