Councils' new service to prevent homelessness

Published on Thursday, May 3, 2018

A NEW service to help vulnerable people at risk of homelessness across the city, county and Rutland has been launched.


The service will provide expert coaches to help people identified as needing a lot of intensive support to help prevent them from becoming homeless.


Coaches will act as short-term mentors, advisors and advocates. Working with people on a one-to-one basis they will aim to reduce people’s chance of becoming homeless by arming them with the skills they need to get back on track.


The service has been commissioned by a partnership led by Leicester City Council and including seven district councils and Rutland County Council. The housing options teams in each local authority area can refer people for help, and in some situations people will be able to refer themselves.


Leicester’s asst city mayor for housing Cllr Andy Connelly said: “Last year the city council was approached by more than 3,000 households who needed help to prevent them from becoming homeless.


“This new coaching scheme will enable us to provide more intensive support to help vulnerable people develop the skills and confidence they need to prevent their homelessness now and in the future.”


The city council won Government funding for the pilot project, which has enabled the partnership to become a ‘Prevention Trailblazer’, finding new and innovative ways to stop people from losing their homes.


The initiative supports a city council priority to provide more support to single people to prevent homelessness; one of nine priorities set out in its new homelessness strategy.


The coaching service is being provided by the charity P3 (People, Potential, Possibilities), which has extensive experience working with socially excluded and vulnerable people.