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Launch of a new Homelessness Strategy

The Council has launched a new Homelessness Strategy, which aims to provide everyone with access to good quality advice, accommodation and support at the earliest possible opportunity in order to prevent homelessness.

The Strategy has been developed following a wide-ranging review, which looked in detail at how many people are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, in Swansea and the services that are in place to help.  A consultation exercise was carried out which gathered the views of people who have been homeless, organisations who provide support and accommodation and other charities such as Crisis and Shelter.

The Strategy will last for four years and has a large number of actions, which aim to reduce levels of homelessness. Some examples of what the Council intends to do over the next 4 years include:

  • Review and improve housing advice available on-line
  • Develop an education programme to increase knowledge of housing and homelessness issues for young people
  • Work with partners to address the increased need for advice on welfare benefits, income maximisation and debt
  • Develop a Housing First approach to address the housing and support needs of homeless people and rough sleepers with the most complex needs
  • Improve the support and advice offered to private landlords in order to increase the supply of good quality, affordable private rented accommodation
  • Improve access to substance misuse and mental health support services for homeless households
  • Carry out a feasibility study to look at developing a holistic "solutions centre" for services for rough sleepers


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