We offer support and help whether you're homeless or worried about becoming homeless.
From 3 April 2018 the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 came into force. The act puts a legal duty on councils to offer more support to a wider range of people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness - and to intervene earlier. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/592993/170206_-_Policy_Fact_Sheets_-_Threatened_with_Homelessness.pdf
If you're homeless or threatened with homelessness, we can help. We'll always try to prevent you from becoming homeless in the first instance.
As from the 3rd of April 2018, the council will make every effort to prevent or relieve homelessness after registering an application before it makes a final decision on the application.
The council has also started registering applications for those who are threatened with homelessness within 56 days to ensure that more people are assisted as soon as possible.
The council will make its decision for whether you are owed the full housing duty at the end of the relief stage if the homelessness has not been resolved.
It will continue to provide customers with temporary accommodation where applicable while it seeks alternative solutions to their problems.
This will be the council's new way of working with all customers from now on.
Furthermore; there are services to help you to stay in your current home, including help with financial difficulties or relationship breakdown.
If staying in your current home isn't an option, we can help you look for a new home or other alternatives.
We also offer services to help if you're experiencing domestic violence.
The Homelessness Reduction Act – what it means for you!
The new Homelessness Reduction Act increases the requirements for Cannock Chase Council to help all eligible applicants – rather than just those with a ‘priority need’.
It builds on previous Acts by requiring public authorities (such as the NHS, Police etc.) to contact us if someone is homeless or facing homelessness.
It adds two new duties:
- Duty to take steps to prevent homelessness: Cannock Chase Council will have to:
help people at risk of losing suitable accommodation as soon as they are threatened with homelessness within 56 days. This means people should get
help on receiving a valid notice from their landlord if they are struggling to find another letting, rather than being told to come back when they have a bailiff’s date.
- Duty to take steps to relieve homelessness: Cannock Chase Council will have to help all those who are homeless to secure suitable accommodation, regardless
of whether they are ‘intentionally homeless’ or priority need. This should mean that all eligible households are offered help to find a home, rather than some
people being turned away. It should also ensure that the true scale of homelessness is recorded.
If neither of the above steps work and the household becomes, or remains, homeless, then those in priority need retain their right to be rehoused, but nonpriority
households will not be entitled to further help.
The 2017 Homelessness Monitor shows half (49%) of English councils, and virtually all (94%) London boroughs, report that helping homeless people to find a self-contained private rental is “very difficult” because of the combined effects of rising rents and welfare benefit restrictions, particularly frozen Local Housing Allowance rates. In addition to this almost two-thirds (64%) report difficulties in helping homeless people access social housing describing this as “very difficult” because there is such a chronic shortage.
Last Updated: 13/11/2018