More support now available to tackle homelessness in Brent

28 March 2018

People at risk of homelessness in Brent will be offered more support as the Homelessness Reduction Act comes into effect from the start of next month (April, 3).


Brent Council will seek to assist people in danger of losing their home as soon as they are threatened with homelessness.


People at risk of homelessness are advised to register their situation on a new self-referral Brent Housing customer portal on the Council's website.


Hakeem Osinaike, Operational Director for Housing, said:


"We have spent nine months preparing for the introduction of this new legislation.


"In that time we have employed more officers, trialled and implemented new services and engaged more resources, including working in collaboration with partners in the voluntary sector, in order to deal with the prevention and relief of homelessness in the borough."


The council will take steps to prevent people from becoming homeless by helping them to remain in their current accommodation wherever possible.


These steps will become part of a Personal Housing Plan (PHP) outlining the actions that the Council and the client will take to resolve their housing issue.


More advice and assistance will also be available to people who are already homeless in order to help them find suitable accommodation.


The council is increasing its resources to find suitable accommodation for those who meet the legislative criteria. Any offer of accommodation is likely to be in the private rented sector.


Under the Homelessness Reduction Act, people who approach the Council for assistance must co-operate with the efforts that the Council makes to prevent and relieve their homelessness.


For further information of the Homelessness Reduction Act, visit the new housing webpage here.