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A countywide approach to homelessness reduction

We will work together to:

  • Recognise those groups most at risk of homelessness to develop earlier intervention and prevention
  • Improve communication and understanding between partners to reduce risks and improve outcomes for all involved, e.g. multi-agency training, pooling resources and protocols
  • Open, honest, transparent services that enable people to take responsibility, make considered choices and manage expectations
  • Improve the flow of information and management of cases, removing duplication and streamlining the way we work between organisations
  • Improve the understanding and prioritisation of the commissioning of support services between organisations that prevent homelessness
  • Tackling the perception and stigma of homelessness and affordable housing by collectively identifying need throughout Essex
  • Using the information we collate to drive changes to organisational plans and lobby collectively for improvements to wider policy such as welfare reform, social care and local plans.

We would like to develop a medium term partnership roadmap which outlines key building blocks in our journey which moves us from where we are now, build upon our success to accelerate us towards realising our bold ambition – the path to a sustainable future

Currently we're forming our group identity and shared purpose, considering:

  • What motivates us to lead on this issue?
  • Where we’re heading
  • First next steps
  • Where to start listening and experimenting
  • Learning our way into the future


Dawn French, Chief Executive Uttlesford Council