Tower Hamlets Council sets out five year plan to tackle homelessness

Cllr Islam answering questions at the launch of the homelessness strategy. Picture: Kois Miah/LBTH.

Cllr Islam answering questions at the launch of the homelessness strategy. Picture: Kois Miah/LBTH. - Credit: Kois Miah

A strategy to end rough sleeping and prevent homelessness has been launched by Tower Hamlets Council.

Cllr Islam answering questions at the launch of the homelessness strategy. Picture: Kois Miah/LBTH.

Cllr Islam answering questions at the launch of the homelessness strategy. Picture: Kois Miah/LBTH. - Credit: Kois Miah

Measures include increasing the social housing stock, improving access to information, and continuing and improving outreach programmes.

Under new legislation the council will have a duty to both prevent and relieve homelessness on top of its existing obligation to re-house people without a home from April.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “Tackling homelessness is among the most important but challenging tasks facing the council.

“The strategy launched this week builds on a number of recent successes – we’ve seen a reduction in the number of people becoming homeless thanks to our early intervention programmes and our annual street count showed that our work on rough sleeping has led to a significant reduction.

Cllr Islam answering questions at the launch of the homelessness strategy. Picture: Kois Miah/LBTH.

Cllr Islam answering questions at the launch of the homelessness strategy. Picture: Kois Miah/LBTH. - Credit: Kois Miah


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“We are firm in our commitment to preventing homelessness and ultimately ending rough sleeping in Tower Hamlets.”

The government aims to half rough sleeping by 2022 and end it by 2027.

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Among recent initiatives the council funded a street psychotherapist, a street nurse and a mental health professional to embed with outreach teams.

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