Birmingham Homelessness Prevention Strategy 2017+

For many of us our homes represent more than a financial asset, they have a deeper emotional meaning; they provide comfort, safety and a sense of community.

However, there are now more than 20,000 households in Birmingham each year who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless or moving out of homelessness, and more than three quarters of people who are accepted as statutory homeless in the city have children.

Experiencing adversity in childhood, including homelessness, can have a long-term negative effect on a child’s health, development, and emotional wellbeing and we therefore need to better understand how trauma such as abuse or neglect in childhood or living in a dysfunctional home can increase the risk of becoming homeless.

Birmingham City Council and its strategic partners from the Housing Birmingham Partnership and across Health, Housing, Voluntary and Third Sectors would welcome your views about how collectively can best achieve our vision to work together to eradicate homelessness in Birmingham  via the development of the Homelessness Prevention Strategy 2017+.

A consultation on the draft Strategy is available at https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk.  The consultation documents and questionnaire outline the city’s plans to tackle homelessness in Birmingham and provide you with an opportunity to tell us what you think. There are five key questions that we would like you to respond to but we also welcome any other comments you might wish to make in relation to ending homelessness in the city.

The consultation period runs from Thursday 24 August to Thursday 5 October 2017 so we hope to hear from you within this period.

Please forward this communication to anyone who may be interested in giving us their views.

For further information, please contact homelessnessconsultation@birmingham.gov.uk

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