New Homeless strategy
Published on 9th October 2012
Sandwell Council is marking World Homeless Day by launching a new drive to prevent homelessness.
A key part of the new strategy is getting people to seek help early if they find themselves in debt and struggling to meet their rent or mortgage payments.
World Homeless Day will be marked by millions of people worldwide on Wednesday 10 October.
Sandwell's prevention of homelessness strategy sets out how the council aims to prevent homelessness and ensure housing and support will be available for Sandwell people who are sleeping rough, homeless or at risk of losing their home.
The service offers money advice and a range of services to help homeowners and people renting their homes.
Councillor Simon Hackett, the council's cabinet member for housing, said: "With our new strategy, we want to ensure that more people get the advice and support that they need to prevent them from having to face the trauma of becoming homeless and improve support to people who are rough sleepers and roofless.
"We will improve our support for young people who need housing advice and strengthen services to protect people suffering domestic abuse."
Councillor Hackett added: "We want to ensure that young people are given the necessary advice and support to enable them to make a successful move to independent living.
"We will provide greater access to advice and support and offer a range of affordable housing to help people live independently and safely to, in turn, contribute to improving their health and well-being."