Decision - Next steps - Rough Sleeping and Accommodation during Covid 19 Pandemic and Recovery

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Next steps - Rough Sleeping and Accommodation during Covid 19 Pandemic and Recovery

Decision Maker: Housing Committee, Policy & Resources Committee

Decision status: Recommendations approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Update on progress of moving on rough sleepers and those at risk of rough sleeping accommodated during the pandemic




That Housing Committee:


2.1       That Housing Committee note the low number of verified rough sleepers and that the Council will continue to seek to offer accommodation to all verified rough sleepers where this is permissible within the Council’s powers to consolidate this achievement.


That Housing Committee recommends to Policy and Resources Committee:


2.2       To approve a capital budget of £2.800m to be included in the HRA Capital Investment Programme 2021/22 financed by HRA Borrowing of £2.100m funded by the rental stream and an MHCLG contribution of £0.700m. This is for the purchase of 12 new homes to deliver a Housing Led Support scheme for higher need rough sleepers.


2.3       To approve a capital budget of £3.240m be included in the General fund Capital Investment Programme 2021/22 for the acquisition of 30 properties on 10-year leases to deliver Rapid Re-housing for lower need rough sleepers. This will be funded by a contribution from MHCLG of £1.163m and will require borrowing of £2.080m, funded by the rental stream.


2.4       To approve the extension of emergency short term hotels from October until March 2022 in light of continuing pressures of those to whom the council owes a statutory accommodation duty under the Homelessness Reduction Act in emergency accommodation.


2.5       To agree to use the remaining 2021/22 Contain Management Outbreak Fund (COMF) grant (estimated at £1.615m) to support the continuing pressures caused by the pandemic of those in emergency accommodation to whom the council owes a Housing duty.


2.6       To agree to the acquisition of a hotel to deliver in the region of 15 - 20 rooms to enable provision for the SWEP between October 2021 and March 2022.

Report author: Sylvia Peckham

Publication date: 23/09/2021

Date of decision: 22/09/2021

Decided at meeting: 22/09/2021 - Housing Committee

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