Merton’s Homelessness Strategy
Merton launches its new 5-year Homelessness Strategy
The London Borough of Merton is to launch its 5-year Homelessness Strategy in accordance with a Central Government initiative.
The overall aim of the Strategy, for which a wide range of organisations in the borough were consulted, is to “work in partnership to provide lasting housing solutions for the people of Merton”. By adopting a ‘prevention is better than cure’ approach, the Strategy aims to prevent homelessness from occurring in the first place. If people do become homeless, then it aims to provide them with support while the appropriate accommodation is found.
In an Outer London Borough like Merton, there are not enough suitable and affordable homes in the borough; house prices are high and renting a property is expensive. In spite of this, Merton has relatively low numbers of homeless people and does not have a significant problem with rough sleeping.
The Strategy aims to keep homelessness low in Merton. It aims to do this by following Government Targets, like that which requires reducing the use of Bed & Breakfast accommodation for homeless families with children, except in emergencies, and then for no longer than 6 weeks.
Merton met this target a year ahead of schedule. This is evidence that Merton’s Homelessness Strategy is working. Central Government has made extra funds available to help Merton continue and develop its successful strategy.
Merton’s Homelessness Strategy will be launched on Monday 22nd September, from 1.45pm to 4.30pm, at The Chaucer Centre, Canterbury Road, Morden, Surrey. If you would like to attend, please contact Ivor Wells on 020 8545 3658.