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Redbridge Council consults on latest five-year strategy to tackle homelessness

PUBLISHED: 12:15 13 December 2018 | UPDATED: 12:15 13 December 2018

Mattresses and sofas line the pavement in Havelock Street, in Ilford town centre. Photo: Aaron Walawalkar

Mattresses and sofas line the pavement in Havelock Street, in Ilford town centre. Photo: Aaron Walawalkar

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The latest five-year strategy for ending rough sleeping in the borough has been unveiled.

Redbridge Council has released a draft of its most recent Homelessness Strategy and is calling for residents and partner organisations to give feedback on it.

The council must set out its plans every five years for preventing and reducing homelessness, and ensuring there is enough accomodation to support those who do become homeless.

A 66-page document, agreed by cabinet last month, has been published on council’s website.

Cllr Farah Hussain, cabinet member for housing and homelessness, said the strategy aims to provide a “framework” for how the issues of rough sleeping and those living in temporary accomodation.

“One key aim is our commitment to end rough sleeping in Redbridge,” she said.

“I also want to set a firm target to reduce the time families have to spend in hostel accommodation after they become homeless.”

The consultation runs until February 22.

Redbridge Together

Redbridge Together, of which the Recorder is a media partner, aims to raise £500,000 for Project Malachi and The Welcome Centre.

Project Malachi will see the creation of a temporary hostel for rough sleepers and homeless people made from recycled shipping containers in Chadwick Road.

Support workers from charity Ramfel will provide rough sleepers living in the hostel with immigration advice if they need it.

The Welcome Centre, in St Mary’s Road, helps with providing hot meals, showers, clothing and laundry but also advice and support, training and employment and a nurse-led clinic supporting health and mental health.

Businesses can support by donating money, raising funds, displaying Redbridge Together promotional material or offering work placements.

The campaign is an association between Ilford Salvation Army, The Welcome Centre, Ilford BID, the Ilford Recorder and Redbridge Council.

To get involved email aaron.walawalkar@archant.co.uk

Donate £3 by texting LIFE to 70145 or at Crowdfunder.co.uk/RedbridgeTogether

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