Working to reduce homelessness

What we’re doing to support people

According to new government figures, almost 100,000 households in England were homeless at the beginning of the year. There were 7,060 more households living in temporary accommodation at the beginning of 2021 compared to the end of 2019.

Figures also show that 32% of these people became homeless because they couldn’t stay with family or friends due to the recent lockdowns. While 12% said they were driven out of their homes because of domestic abuse – which has increased significantly during the pandemic.

Reducing homelessness

Local councils are responsible for tackling homelessness. They have a statutory duty to assist people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Many housing providers like us work in partnership with local authorities and other partners to help tackle issues of homelessness. Gemma Parlby, our Group Director of Housing and Customer Services, says:

“In Britain we are, on average, less than three pay cheques away from homelessness. It’s a real and present risk. Homelessness can be caused by many things including relationship breakdown, loss of employment, health issues or unexpected life events and a lack of needed services.

“At Bolton at Home we provide a range of support services that prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place. Through our UCAN centres, all residents living in our communities can access services including employment and training. Our support services deliver housing and personal support, help with resettlement as well as money advice.

“Our aim is to help struggling households get back on their feet, build resilience and become part of a community where they can thrive.”

Gemma Parlby, Group Director of Housing and Customer Services

Working in partnership

To help those who are already homeless or in housing need, we work alongside a range of other partners and services in the borough.

“Bolton at Home is committed to programmes such as Housing First which looks to provide wrap around support and housing to those in need. It focuses on connecting people to their local community, building a stable base from which they can positively contribute towards that community.”

We partner with a whole host of wonderful charities in the borough to deliver a range of services.

Gemma adds: “We’re part of the Greater Manchester Housing Providers group which is active in building links with health and social care and other partners to deliver better outcomes for our communities. New projects have been initiated through this work.

“One of our new services is to support people moving out of hospital back to the community with support.”

“One of our new services is to support people moving out of hospital back to the community with support.”

Building more homes

Like other towns across the country, there’s a shortage of homes in Bolton.

“The demand for social housing outstrips supply,” says Gemma.

“We’re trying to address this by building more homes. Over the last two years we’ve really stepped up our development programme. With new government funding, we’re aiming to build 1,400 homes over the next few years, providing a range of housing options to meet a variety of needs.

By working in partnership to tackle homelessness and housing need we’re committed to doing what we can to reduce all forms of homelessness.

If you’re currently homeless or need housing advice, please speak with Housing Options on 01204 335900.

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