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Enfield Council consults on Temporary Accommodation Placement policy

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07 July 2017

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Residents are being asked to have their say on how Enfield Council  helps homeless people access a home they can afford.

- New placement policy outlines how homeless people will be helped to find a home
- Rising private sector rents make it harder for homeless households to find affordable accommodation
- Enfield Council has a duty to help homeless people

Residents are being asked to have their say on how Enfield Council  helps homeless people access a home they can afford.
 
Enfield Council has produced a new Temporary Accommodation Placement Policy in response to the acute shortage of affordable housing in the borough.

With over 4,000 people on the Council’s housing register for a Council or Housing Association property, more people than ever before are approaching the Council as homeless and need help finding suitable accommodation in the private rented sector.
 
Rising private sector rents are also making it increasingly difficult for homeless households to find affordable accommodation in the private rented sector in the borough or the surrounding area. This means some homeless households may have to move further away.
 
Cllr Ahmet Oykener, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing & Housing Regeneration, said: “We have a duty to help homeless people find a home they can afford, either in Enfield or further afield and this policy sets out our approach for doing precisely that.
 
“It also outlines how we decide whether an offer of accommodation is suitable, explains the criteria we consider when deciding if a household has priority for housing in the borough and its vicinity and describes what support the Council offers to households who have to move further away.”
 
The closing date for responses for people who wish to have their say on the Temporary Accommodation Placement Policy is Monday 25th September 2017. It can be seen here.