Council seeks views on homelessness

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HOUSING SURVEYS: A review of homelessness is being undertaken by East Riding of Yorkshire Council who would like to know more about people’s views and experiences of homelessness.

People who are homeless, have experienced homelessness or are threatened with it in East Riding of Yorkshire can get their views to us either by logging onto the council’s website and completing a survey or they can call into any of the Council’s customer service centres to obtain help with filling it in. They can also call 01482 396111 to complete the survey over the telephone.

Agencies or services that provide help, advice or assistance to people who are homeless or who are at risk of being homeless, are also encouraged to complete a separate survey.

Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning, said: “Homelessness is a situation which the vast majority of people will never experience and yet the Council has a role to play in helping the homeless to find accommodation. We are working to find solutions to the problem which fit with the needs of homeless people.”

The Council would like to encourage as many people as possible to complete the surveys to provide a full picture of homelessness in the area. More information on the homelessness review and electronic links to the survey can be found on the council’s website. The closing date for completion of both surveys is Monday, 8th October 2012.

In addition, the Council is developing a Private Rented Housing Strategy and a key aim of the strategy will examine how the Council can increase access to the private rented sector for people who are or have been homeless. As part of the strategy development, the Council has produced two on-line surveys and would like to hear from landlords or managing agents and tenants of privately rented housing in the East Riding. The surveys will provide the Council with valuable information on the number, location, quality and affordability of privately rented housing in the area.

The closing date for completion of these surveys is Monday, 15th October 2012.

Visit: www.eastriding.gov.uk/housingstrategy

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Ray Duffill (Editor)
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