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We want your views on homelessness

Published Monday, 03 June 2013

A wide ranging public survey which is expected to form the basis for a new homelessness strategy for Enfield Council is under way and ends on Friday 21 June.

Cllr Ahmet Oykener, Enfield’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said, “The Council is facing a number of challenges this year in its effort to prevent and tackle homelessness in the borough. The Government has made changes to welfare benefits, the number of people on low incomes is rising and many people are finding that they are struggling to afford to live in Enfield.”

“This survey focuses on how we might be able to address some of those challenges. It covers getting people back to work, accessing affordable rents in light of benefit capping. It also considers causes of homelessness, how it can be prevented and how and when to access our services”.

“It is helpful to have as many responses as possible so I hope people will take some time to look at the consultation and consider some of the ideas and solutions in it.”

The Consultation campaign is called “Challenging times – tackling homelessness in Enfield “There are copies of the survey in council offices, libraries and John Wilkes House; or it can be completed online on the council’s website.”

In order to get the widest number of people to take part the survey also appears on the Community Housing Services Facebook page.

Staff will be encouraging and helping people attending John Wilkes House reception to complete it.

Council tenants, tenants’ and residents’ groups, homeless households, registered providers, private providers, landlords and voluntary partners are all being invited to take part in the survey.

Cllr Oykener, summed up, “The survey results will be analysed, and the outcome will influence what services we provide and the way we provide them. The new homelessness strategy will incorporate a meaningful action plan to establish the way forward for preventing and tackling homelessness for the next five years.

“This survey is designed to give people from Enfield a big say on a serious matter that affects our families and communities.”

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