Canterbury has a significant problem with homelessness

Play your part in preventing homelessness

Canterbury City Council is asking for residents’ help in shaping its plans to prevent homelessness.

A freezing late winter focused many people’s minds on the plight of the city’s homeless population.

The council is now consulting on its draft Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy 2018-2023.

It explains how the council and its partner organisations will look to meet the challenges of housing people in the district.

The strategy is centred around three key priorities.

A homeless man in Canterbury

They are increasing the supply and choice of homes local people can afford, making efficient use of the housing stock and supporting vulnerable people in an attempt to prevent and ultimately end homelessness in the Canterbury district.

Complete the council’s questionnaire by Friday, September 21 to help it shape its housing and homelessness strategy.

The results of the consultation will be published on the council’s website and will be reported to the Policy and Resources Committee on November 14.

Council staff, representatives from homeless charities Catching Lives and Porchlight and the Street Pastors have also been helping homeless people during the recent hot weather.

Heat just as much as cold can affect those who sleep rough and are exposed to the elements on daily basis.

Bottled water and sun cream has been made available to rough sleepers and anyone wishing to donate these items can do so at the Catching Lives open centre in Station Road East.

Cllr Neil Baker, the authority’s communities chairman, said: “Being on the streets all day in the kind of temperatures we have seen brings a variety of health dangers.

“If you are able to help us and our partners in some of the ways being suggested, it will be greatly appreciated. We’re out and about every day and can make sure resources are targeted where they are really needed.”

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