An important document outlining the ways forward to help rough sleepers and those threatened with homelessness in Erewash is expected to be supported by the Borough Council’s Executive at a meeting next week.

Executive members are expected to give their backing to the Erewash Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2020-2023 and send it to a Full Council meeting for final approval.

A report to next week’s virtual meeting ( 6 October) says that, on average, the council helps around 1,100 households and individuals each year who find themselves threatened with homelessness or who are actually homeless.

It also outlines that the number of rough sleepers in Erewash is relatively low but the annual November rough sleeper count showed that numbers are on an upward trend having increased from 3 in 2017 to 11 in 2019

A key part of the strategy is prevention - to focus on identifying the early triggers that might eventually lead to homelessness and the steps needed to help individuals and households avoid becoming homeless in the first place. It also looks at how individuals can be supported to retain accommodation on a permanent basis and not become homeless again.

The document follows confirmation earlier this year that government funding of nearly £146,000 will ensure that a rough sleeper initiative across Derbyshire and the Staffordshire Moorlands will continue until 31 March next year - meaning two Rough Sleep Co-ordinators remain in post and a contract with the P3 charity continues.

Councillor Val Clare, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:

“Our vision here is that no one should be homeless or fear homelessness in Erewash. This document – along with the funding for the partnership work to tackle rough sleeping – shows our commitment to meeting the challenge to prevent homelessness and finding solutions to ensure those rough sleepers who have been helped do not return to the streets.”

The three-year plan has been developed by the council alongside a range of partner organisations working together as the Erewash Homeless Partnership and is based on the findings of a review of homelessness in Erewash.