This area provides guidance to local housing professionals working in the field of homelessness prevention. We recently set up the Greater Norwich Homelessness Forum.
The forum seeks to improve partnership working and develop a co-ordinated approach to preventing homelessness in Greater Norwich through the following aims:
- Bring together service providers, stakeholders and other interested parties who want to help identify the factors and causes of homelessness in Greater Norwich and listen to the views of partners and stakeholders.
- Develop approaches with forum members from identified issues.
- Share good practice amongst forum members and seek out external examples.
- Provide a sounding board and work with local authority and statutory partners to help develop local homelessness strategies and action plans.
- Provide a mechanism for continuous feedback and improvement of homelessness services in Greater Norwich.
- Promote joint working amongst members of the forum.
- Celebrate and publicise the forum’s achievements and successes.
- Develop a co-ordinated approach to preventing homelessness in Greater Norwich.
The forum’s current priorities involve:
- Targeting our resources at those people who are most at risk of homelessness.
- Helping people find affordable, safe, good quality housing.
- Working better together with partners, so that we can work in a co-ordinated way to prevent homelessness.
- Helping people develop independent living skills, maintain or regain their independence to reduce the risk of someone becoming homeless in the future.
Current chair of the fourm
The current chair is Matthew Cross, deputy chief executive, Broadland District Council
The forum meets quarterly from 10am until 12 noon unless otherwise stated at Broadland District Council, Council Chamber. Meeting dates for 2018 are as follows:
- Friday 2 March 2018 - cancelled
- Friday 23 March 2018
- Friday 15 June 2018
- Friday 7 September 2018
- Friday 7 December 2018
- Greater Norwich Homelessness Health Needs Audit
- Presentation: Homelessness and the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)