Northampton Borough Council is consulting with the public over the draft homelessness and rough sleeping strategy 2020-23.

The strategy is based on the results of a review of homelessness in Northampton undertaken during autumn 2019 and aims to set out how the council and its partners will tackle, prevent and reduce homelessness in the area.

In developing this strategy, the council organised a series of stakeholder events where four strategic objectives have been identified including the prevention of homelessness through early and targeted intervention, the creation of effective and collaborative partnerships and the sharing of information and resources.

The proposed strategy includes a target to reduce rough sleeping in Northampton and hold regular meetings of the Single Homelessness Forum and Family Homelessness Forum to improve communication, engage stakeholders and provide partners with the opportunity to intervene early to prevent homelessness.

Councillor Stephen Hibbert, cabinet member for housing, said: “Tackling and reducing homelessness and rough sleeping is a priority in Northampton and this strategy reflects the importance and commitment of organisations and services working together to address the issue and improve people’s life chances.

“Together with our partners we want to reaffirm our commitment to doing everything we can to reduce homelessness and avoid the need for people to sleep rough on the streets of Northampton. We believe this new strategy will help us achieve this.”

Anyone wanting to share their views on the draft strategy, can complete our online questionnaire at www.northampton.gov.uk/homelessstrategy

The consultation will remain open until 3 March 2020.