Council pledge to help the homeless

A pledge to prevent people in Ilkeston and Erewash having to sleep rough has been put forward by councillors.

Erewash Borough Council has approved a new strategy to help get homeless people off the streets in the borough.

Council leader, Chris Corbett, said: “We revisited the strategy because due to welfare reform the homeless team could get busier. We need to be prepared and think about it.

“We need to think about people leaving care and who need emergency review. It’s something I’m interested in because I help the Canaan Trust, an organisation that provides accommodation and support, and have slept outside a couple of times to see what it’s like.”

Clle Corbett added that the main reason for homelessness was domestic abuse, with the authority working in partnership with people dealing with domestic abuse.

A strategy group called Erewash Housing and Homeless Forum meets every two months to review the strategy. Its aims for the next five years include seeing an to the use of bed and breakfast accommodation, and a reduction the use of other forms of temporary accommodation for homeless households.

Councillor Carol Hart, who leads the homeless strategy said: “We understand that being faced with homelessness or the threat of it, can be one of the most traumatic and worrying events that anyone could experience.

“The homelessness strategy for Erewash, based on the review, takes a comprehensive and holistic view of our current position and lays out our vision for tackling homelessness.”