10:25 AM, 30th November 2021, About 2 years ago 8
The Welsh Government will announce a new £30million funding pot over five years for local authorities. Under the Private Rented Sector Leasing Scheme, private property owners will be encouraged to lease their properties to local authorities in return for a rent guarantee and additional funding to improve the condition of their property.
Local authorities can then use these properties to provide affordable and good quality homes for people who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness.
Tenants will benefit from the security of long-term tenures of between five and 20 years and help to maintain their stay in a long-term home, such as mental health support or debt and money management advice.
The Homelessness Action Plan builds on the unprecedented work undertaken by local authorities, social landlords, public services and third sector partners, who have provided accommodation and support for more than 15,000 people experiencing or threatened with homelessness during the pandemic.
The Plan has been shaped by the recommendations of the independent expert Homelessness Action Group, reflecting the changes required to prevent homelessness and make the shift to rapid rehousing so that people are in temporary accommodation for the shortest possible time.
The plan makes clear the need to prevent the problems that lead to homelessness from happening in the first place so homelessness can finally be ended in Wales.
The causes of homelessness extend well beyond access and availability of affordable homes. Ending homelessness is a cross-sector, cross-government priority relevant to health, social services, education, criminal justice, community services and our wider economy.
All this is recognised within the Action Plan, as is the need for wide-reaching legislative and policy reform.
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