Over 100 Welwyn Hatfield residents prevented from homelessness last year

Cllr Perkins handing the award over to the Housing Needs team.

Cllr Perkins handing the award over to the Housing Needs team.

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A service that prevented over 100 people from becoming homeless in Welwyn Hatfield last year has become the first in Hertfordshire to achieve a national silver standard.

Welwyn Hatfield’s Housing Needs team prevented around 111 people, including families, from becoming homeless in 2015/16, and hopes to achieve the gold standard later this year.

The award comes from the National Practitioner Support Service, which sets 10 different ‘challenges’ – each one designed to help local authorities deliver more efficient and cost effective homelessness services.

The challenges are assessed by peer-review and Welwyn Hatfield’s Housing Needs team has so far achieved five of them, including a commitment to not place any young person aged 16 or 17 in bed and breakfast accommodation, and adopting a corporate commitment to prevent homelessness.

Councillor Mandy Perkins, executive member for planning, housing and community, said: “Homelessness is an issue that concerns many of us, who want to help ensure the most vulnerable in our society have the support they need.

“Preventing homelessness in the first place is key and we can do this far more effectively if we have the opportunity to help sooner rather than later – which is why this award is so important.

“Cases are often complex, and the team works tirelessly to provide the right help, support and advice to anyone who is, or is threatened with, homelessness.

“I’m so proud they have received this well-deserved recognition.”


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