Published: 30th Jul 2019

The Palace of Westminster. Westminster City Council is consulting residents on plans to train community leaders to spot people at risk of becoming homeless. Under the proposals, part of the council’s draft Homelessness Strategy, leaders from resident, faith, and community groups – called ‘community champions’ – will be trained to recognise the signs that someone may become homeless and refer them to the council’s Early Intervention Trailblazer Service. Local groups involved with the scheme will also be asked to sign up to a Homelessness Prevention Charter which commits them to work together to tackle homelessness. The council hopes the move will help identify people at risk of homelessness before they lose their home, when they become harder to help due to London’s challenging property market. Cllr Andrew Smith, Westminster City Council cabinet member for housing services, said: ‘Tackling homelessness means working together. The challenges are huge, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)