The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) Council have implemented a five-year Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Reduction Strategy and accompanying 12-month Action Plan.
The Strategy was shaped by a public consultation held in 2020 through which residents told the Council that greater support for rough sleepers, more focus on early intervention, and providing more housing within or close to the borough were the most important issues to them.
The key priorities in the Strategy are:
- Preventing residents from becoming homeless and assisting them when they have become homeless
- Providing suitable accommodation for homeless households
- Reducing and working towards the elimination of rough sleeping
- Working with partners to prevent homelessness earlier
The Council cannot and should not try to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping alone. Advice agencies, charities and other partners in the community can and do play vital roles providing advice and support to rough sleepers, homeless households and residents in housing need. The Housing Needs Department want to work with these partners to improve the support that, together, can be offered.
In the near future the Council will establish a Homelessness Forum whose membership will include Council services, statutory partners, community agencies, and residents. The Forum will help to set the agenda and priorities for homelessness prevention work in Kensington and Chelsea, monitor progress, and hold those delivering the services to account. They are looking for partners who would like to sit on the Forum and / or work on its subsidiary and task-finish groups. These are likely to operate in a virtual setting in mid to late January 2021.
Please let the Housing Needs Department know the following by 15 January 2021:
- What are the things that are important to your organisation around homelessness?
- What do you think the Council needs to consider? Would you like to be part of the forum or any of the sub groups that will be working to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping?
Please send your response by e-mail to: email@example.com.