Housing experts address larger homeless families at 5th Temporary Accommodation User Forum

5 February 2018

More than 100 people attended the fifth Temporary Accommodation User Forum at the Brent Civic Centre on Thursday.


Experts from Brent Council's housing needs team gave advice to larger families who have been living in temporary accommodation in the borough for more than five years.



Among the 2,600 people living in temporary accommodation, there are around 400 families who require four bedroom properties and an average waiting time of 20 years for a four bedroom council home in Brent.


Housing experts talked about the benefits of the Council-invested company, i4B Holdings Ltd, which owns properties for private rental in and outside of Brent. Residents who have been homeless for more than five years and who move into private rented accommodation are still entitled to bid for social housing through Locata.


Cllr Harbi Farah, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, said: "Due to the nature of supply and demand for bigger properties in Brent, larger families face longer waits for social housing. We want to do all we can to make sure residents live in suitable accommodation with decent living conditions."


The government's Homelessness Reduction Act, due to be implemented in April, will mean that every household threatened with homelessness - whether a family or a single person - will be provided with support to prevent their homelessness.


Nazrul Khan, a Brent resident and father-of-four who attended the event, said: "We feel more informed. The forum is very helpful and we have found out about more housing options available to us."


Brent's Show Homelessness The Door campaign aims to prevent residents from becoming homeless due to the current housing crisis.


You can find out more about the campaign here.