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East End strategy

April 02 2010
ELHP initiative will tackle and prevent homelessness across the region A new homeless strategy has been launched in East London involving an alliance of eight local boroughs.

No-One Left Out, an initiative by the East London Housing Partnership (ELHP), has been given the responsibility for tackling and preventing homelessness across the region.

ELHP - which comprises the local authorities Barking and Dagenham, the Corporation of London, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest - has been developed on the principle that a "greater impact on improving the outcomes for homeless people" can be achieved by the boroughs working together, "sharing good practice, supporting each other and developing innovative solutions to joint problems."

ELHP chair Cllr Marie Pye said: "This multi-agency collaboration was inspired by the recognition that behind the statistics are real people, who at this moment in their lives need support to move off the streets, to rebuild their lives and move on from their experience of homelessness."

The strategy aims to reduce rough sleeping, prevent homelessness, minimise homelessness through domestic violence and understand the "potential impact of the 2012 Olympics on homelessness".

Tactics they will use include consultations with other agencies such as Homeless Link and awareness-raising events.

ELHP's research says that East London has the highest need for housing in the capital, with some of the largest housing registers in the country, and that the most common causes of homelessness are "loss of last settled home due to parents or friends no longer willing to accommodate, end of a shorthold tenancy, domestic violence, mortgage arrears, violence or harassment, non-violent breakdown of relationship, loss of rented accommodation or leaving an institution."

It also says that some of the most successful homelessness prevention measures in the area are home visits to those at risk of homelessness, supported housing projects and sanctuary for domestic violence victims.