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CDC and CAB Unite To Fight Homelessness
Cotswold District Council will be joining forces with the local Citizens Advice Bureau in a new £45,000 project to prevent homelessness, following receipt of a government grant which recognises the excellent progress the Council has made in tackling this issue so far.
Cotswold District Council and the Cirencester Citizens Advice Bureau are embarking on a joint 18-month project, costing approximately £45,000, to continue the work to reduce homelessness in the area. The aim is to increase the number of houses in the private rented sector available to people who are at risk of losing their homes or who have already done so.
The funding will allow CAB to recruit a specialist who will liaise with landlords to encourage them to make more properties available to homeless families and who will work with tenants to ensure that payment arrangements work smoothly, giving financial help and advice to make sure they maintain their tenancy effectively.
The Council is able to move ahead with this project because of the grant received from the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) in recognition of the success we have achieved already in reducing homelessness. We have a good working relationship with the CAB, and it is hoped that this new initiative will increase the number of private landlords willing to provide accommodation for the homeless and reducing by half our use of temporary accommodation. Outcomes have been agreed and will be monitored at regular intervals over the 18 month duration of the project, to ensure that real progress is being achieved.
Commenting on this development, Councillor Barry Gibbs, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities said: "We have chosen CAB to receive this funding as we feel that, with their connections, they are well placed to deliver the results to help us reduce homelessness in the Cotswolds still further. This follows the recent funding we have awarded them to provide assistance for small businesses."
: 17/02/2010 12:47:10
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