Find out how the HRA changed the way we deal with homelessness
The Homelessness Reduction Act (2017) came into force on 3 April 2018.
It places new duties on housing authorities to:
It doesn't replace previous legislation but adds new duties.
The three main aims of the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) are to:
It aims to reduce homelessness by:
The HRA act made a number of changes to how local authorities deal with homelessness. These are explained below.
Local Authorities must give free information and advice on:
Local Authorities must take reasonable steps to prevent homelessness for any eligible applicant at risk of homelessness within 56 days, regardless of priority need. This can involve assisting them to stay in their current accommodation or helping them find a new place to live.
Local Authorities must take reasonable steps to help the applicant secure suitable accommodation. Examples of this could include funding a rent deposit or working with a private landlord to make a property available.
Local Authorities must carry out a holistic assessment of the applicant's housing needs, support needs and the circumstances that led them to becoming homeless. This will be carried out by our Housing team and may take up to 10 days to complete. Applicants may experience longer interviews as more in-depth information is needed to develop the following Personal Housing Plan.
A Personal Housing Plan sets out the reasonable steps the applicant, Fenland District Council and other professionals (if applicable) will take to prevent or relieve their homelessness.
Specified 'public bodies' must refer (with consent) details of any person they are aware of who is at risk of homelessness within 56 days to the housing team.
As well as having a local connection to the authority who looked after them, a care leaver will also have a local connection with an area if they have lived there for 2 years. This includes some time before their 16th birthday.