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World Homeless Day 2016

Published on Monday, 10th October 2016

World Homeless Day

Homelessness can happen to anyone at any time in their lives and today we want to raise awareness of this plight.

Nuneaton and Bedworth are no different from other towns around the world in having its share of rough sleepers.

In recognition of World Homeless Day it is important to acknowledge the contribution made by the council and its partners in tackling the problem.

Nine years ago we introduced a Bond Assistance Scheme which has been tweaked and improved to help households access private rented housing.

To date Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council has successfully assisted 350 households to secure private rented accommodation. This works out at an average of 40 per annum.

Given the number of households on the housing register, which currently stands at just over 3,000, and the increasing number of households presenting as homeless, this scheme has been an invaluable tool with which housing options officers have been able to assist some people, as opposed to them becoming homeless or continuing to live in unsuitable accommodation.

Homelessness cannot be tackled by the council alone. Valued and vital partners like Doorway, Chapter 1, Homegroup, P3, Fry Housing Trust, CAB, Salvation Army, Warwickshire County Council and others, continue to work collectively and tirelessly to address local concerns and support those who find themselves potentially homeless or homeless in the borough.

Our Housing Options Service is available to anyone that may have a housing or housing related problem. The service is available Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm and has a service operating outside of office hours and at weekends for emergency homelessness situations.

If you want to know more visit our website and contact the agencies mentioned above for further information.