Councillors to discuss Dundee homelessness prevention strategy

Dundee stockA plan designed to help people in Dundee who are homeless and to prevent it happening in the first place is set to be discussed by councillors.

Not Just A Roof’ sets out the strategic direction for the Dundee Homeless and House Options Strategic Planning Partnership for the next five years.

The council’s neighbourhood services will be told that the partnership aims to ensure that: “Citizens of Dundee will be able to live a fulfilled life in their own home or homely setting.”

It added that: “If people do become homeless, they will be able to access quality information, advice and support which will enable them to live a fulfilled life and gain and maintain their own home.”

Developed after gathering the views and experiences of people who have been homeless and other key stakeholders, the plan brings together expertise from the public, third sector and academic fields.

Kevin Cordell, convener of the neighbourhood services committee, said: “Our plan is about more than people needing a home.

“What we have brought forward is a greater emphasis on preventative measures, empowerment, inclusion, equality and development and delivery of integrated services from the perspective of people that use them.”

The plan aims to prevent homelessness from happening, ensure a positive experience of support and services for people who are at risk of becoming or are already homeless and to ensure individuals can live independent, fulfilled and healthy lives.

Councillor Cordell added: “We have listened to feedback from those affected by homelessness and understand that the service needs to develop in order to keep pace with current circumstances.

“That means more focus on early intervention despite Dundee being above the Scottish average.

“The plan will help to develop a range of services to prevent homelessness, find or tailor the right service for the individual, and work in the community with those most at risk of homelessness.

“The key to making these changes successfully is through partnership working.”

Organisations including the University of Dundee, Shelter and the Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership have supported development and delivery of the plan.

The neighbourhood services committee meets on August 21.