Angus Council agrees Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan to improve outcomes for homeless households

Angus Council has approved a new plan which will ensure people who experience homelessness can access housing quickly and with the right level of support.

The Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan (RRTP) is a five-year plan which aims to address homelessness more proactively by focusing on prevention, moving people through temporary accommodation to permanent housing more quickly and by improving the support people receive through better joint working.

Communities convener Mark Salmond said: “This transition to rapid rehousing approach represents a significant culture and system change in how we respond to homelessness. Many homeless cases are complex, and people often have multiple needs and vulnerabilities which bring many challenges, both for public agencies and the community.

“Prevention must be our first priority. That means directing our resources to things such as mental health support, combating substance abuse, and helping prevent relationship breakdown. For those who do become homeless we will prioritise the allocation of our accommodation to them so that we can deliver the support they need to re-establish themselves quickly in the community.

“As well as this transition plan, we have also approved the Strategic Housing Investment Plan which sets out an ambitious plan to deliver more than 600 new affordable homes across Angus. These will be delivered by the council and our housing association partners. This shows our commitment to ensuring the supply of good quality, affordable housing for those that need it.”

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