Councillor Peter Bilson presented the Tackling
Homelessness Together - a proactive service approach in line with
prevention strategy for approval, subject to an amendment to
paragraph 7.1 of the report to replace 31 March 2018 with 31 March
The report provided an update following the
transfer of Council homeless and prevention services to
Wolverhampton Homes. The report also outlined the
new service proposals and the way in which the service would
structured and funded in order to meet the needs of current
legislation and contribute to meeting the
aims of the City’s Homelessness Prevention Strategy 2018 –
2022 priorities. The implementation of a restructure
would enable the service to meet the requirements of current
legislation and the increasing demands for temporary
It was noted that
rough sleeping was a nationwide issue with many causes. City of
Wolverhampton Council had undertaken targeted work to reduce
homelessness in the City and was now in a position where every
rough sleeper had a meal and a place to stay available to them. An
alternative giving page would be created in the coming weeks and
the Council would request that any monetary donations be made
through the site rather than directly to rough sleepers. All
donations would be directed towards work to assist rough sleepers
1. That a review of the 2019-2020 Housing Options
Service and Temporary Accommodation provision be
2. That the setting up of a supplementary
expenditure budget of £718,000 in 2019-2020 as a result of
receipt of Homelessness grant funding be approved and authority
delegated to the Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing and the
Director of City Housing to allocate the grant.
3. That the use of an additional ten Council housing
properties for temporary accommodation use be approved.
4. That the transition in 2017 transferring
operational homelessness and support services from the City Council
to Wolverhampton Homes, the City’s
management agent, be noted.
5. That the initial findings in relation to the
implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 on service
delivery be noted.
That the City’s partnership working
that has arisen as a direct response to the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 be noted.