East of England Housing Survey

5th June 2019

Following on from the successful housing and homelessness event that took place in April where the key message was that tackling homelessness and a shortage of homes across the East of England requires a range of solutions and integrated strategies, the East of England LGA have started developing a work programme to support councils to address these issues.

At EELGA we are keen to update our knowledge around homelessness and the provision of temporary accommodation in the East of England as numbers accommodated continue to rise along with the associated costs. Many authorities continue to experience financial pressures and are seeking innovative solutions. This project seeks to inform best practice going forward. The movement of households out of London and between housing authorities in the East, the increased use of nightly let accommodation and the use of permitted development properties to house homeless households are all factors included in the 2019 project.

The survey is intended to capture both factual and anecdotal data, building on soundings from the region. The survey is being carried out through Survey Monkey and the link can be found here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6KPYT6Y. All Heads of Housing in the East of England have been sent the link via email. The deadline for the survey is 14th June and we would appreciate it if you could complete it by that date. It is relatively straightforward and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.  
Additionally, we are planning to restart the East of England Homelessness Network through which officers can share experience and work together to improve homelessness services and would like to know if you are interested in taking part. If so, then please provide your name and contact details in your response to the survey.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact either Annie Richardson, Policy Officer on annie.richardson@eelga.gov.uk or Trish Reed, Lead Strategic Housing Associate on trish@partnershipsolutions.co.uk

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