The council attributed a “huge effort” to its housing needs team to achieve this.
The latest figures for November show there were just five households placed in hotels or guesthouses, up from 138 in January last year.
The big push to find alternative housing for homeless families followed the introduction of the government’s “Everyone In” initiative at the start of the pandemic in March 2020. This saw advice being asked to make arrangements. for all street sleepers to come off the streets and receive shelter to minimize the risk of further spread of Covid.
At the time, the council was able to secure hotel rooms and, with the support of a number of Safer off the Streets partners in the faith-based and voluntary sector, the organizations set up a rest center for Street sleepers accommodating 50 people on the first weekend, resulted in many being unable to stay in overnight shelters due to shared dorms and street sleepers.
Over the next 15 months, all services mobilized to provide support, advice, advocacy, food and shelter to those housed, with a number of local businesses going above and beyond to provide hot meals to residents every day. evenings of the week.
However, as Covid closures came and went, access to housing became difficult and the number of people housed reached a peak in January 2021 of 138 households.
Since then, however, the council’s housing needs team and its partners have worked hard to relocate many of the people they support, which has reduced the number of households staying in hotels or guesthouses in only five in November.
The “Everybody In” initiative is now complete, but the council continues to offer accommodation and support to all eligible street sleepers.
Cllr Steve Allen, Cabinet Member for Housing, Culture and Communities, said: “Throughout the pandemic, the council, partners and organizations have made an incredible effort to get the homeless off the streets. and give them access to a wide range of support.
“Despite the growing number of households needing our help, our Housing Needs team has done an outstanding job ensuring that only a handful remain in guesthouses and hotels with the rest being placed elsewhere.
“We know this remains a difficult time for so many families, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need our help.”