A new plan to tackle homelessness in Lincolnshire is now underway

Homeless person
Homeless person

A plan to tackle the rise in people sleeping rough across the county is underway thanks to a partnership between district authorities, including West Lindsey District Council, and Lincolnshire County Council.

Figures show that rough sleeping is rising and there has been a year on year increase in rough sleeping levels across Lincolnshire.

There has been a 100 per cent rise from 2012 to 2016 and a further 87 per cent rise between 2016 and 2017, according to the autumn rough sleeper counts.

To help respond and prevent people becoming homelessness and sleeping rough the Lincolnshire Homelessness Partnership is launching a new Homelessness Strategy.

Amanda Pauling, Homelessness Prevention Programme Manager for Lincolnshire admitted the challenge ahead is difficult but she is optimistic about the strategy and the partnership.

She said: “This strategy represents a genuine partnership approach to tackle and prevent homelessness.

“Together we have a real opportunity to make an impact for those who find themselves homeless in Lincolnshire.

“The challenge ahead is difficult as there are many factors that contribute to homelessness.

“But everyone has the right to a safe and secure home and that has to be our goal.”

The new homelessness strategy sets out the key challenges, priorities and objectives for preventing and tackling homelessness across the county which will be implemnted over the next five years.

The partnership has already implemented the new Homelessness Reduction Act which includes a new duty to prevent homelessness regardless of priority need and for authorities to agree a personal housing plan with each applicant to prevent or relieve homelessness.