Homelessness in Rotherham
Preventing homelessness means providing people with the ways and means to meet their housing, and any housing-related support, needs in order to avoid experiencing homelessness. Effective prevention can enable a person to remain in their current home, where appropriate, to delay a need to move out of current accommodation so that a move into alternative accommodation can be planned in a timely way; to find alternative accommodation, or to sustain independent living.
Homelessness can have significant negative consequences for the people who experience it. At a personal level, homelessness can have a profound impact on health, education and employment prospects. At a social level, homelessness can impact on social cohesion and economic participation. Early intervention to prevent homelessness can therefore bring benefits for those concerned, including being engaged with essential services and increasing the likelihood that children will live in a more secure environment.
The Housing Solutions team works with customers to try and prevent homelessness where they can. Further to this, the team also operates the statutory homelessness function for the Council.
There are a number of prevention tools utilised by the team including, but not limited to:
- Access to the private rented sector
- Assistance with loans for rent in advance
- Assistance with applications to Robond
- Referrals to Money Advice
- Referrals to Medical Priority
- Mortgage Rescue Scheme
- Sanctuary Scheme
- Advice and assistance on the Councils Allocations Policy
- Assistance in obtaining loans to prevent eviction and repossession
- Referrals to Employment Solutions
In all cases we will try to prevent homelessness. The sooner that we can start work with you, the more chance we have to prevent homelessness occurring. However, not every threat of homelessness can be prevented. The Housing Solutions team also conducts homeless applications in line with current legislation.
If you believe you are at threat of becoming homeless, or are actually homeless, please contact the Housing Solutions team as soon as possible by the following:
Telephone 01709 336040
By letter or in person at:Key Choices Property Shop,
Old Town Hall,
Our opening times are:
Monday 8.30am - 5pm
In addition to the above, the Housing Solutions team operate an out of hours telephone contact for emergency cases only. If you become homeless and the office is not open, then please contact the out of hours service on 07748 143170
You can also contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau or Shelter for independent advice and assistance.
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Last modified: 17/10/2013
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