Reducing homelessness and increasing affordable housing
Our priority is to prevent people from becoming homeless, but we are also improving services for people who do lose their homes, and for those who are sleeping rough in the city.
We spend more than £5 million a year to prevent and tackle homelessness. In 2018, we set out a new five-year plan to reduce homelessness, and this includes innovative ways we set out to develop services and work better with our partners.
These include creating 10 new, short-stay units for people who won’t take up our offers of longer-term help; and we have opened a new recovery centre – No.5 Hill Street – which offers treatment to Leicester’s street drinkers and those with drug addiction problems.
We are also part of a new Leicester Homeless Partnership, which is bringing together local charities and other organisations to ensure we work together better to help people who are homeless or have street lifestyles.
Our five-year plan includes building our own council houses, and earlier this year we launched our new company, Housing Leicester Ltd, which will begin building houses in Spring 2019.
We are helping to further increase affordable housing in the city by selling land for £1 to local charities and housing associations. This has already created almost 300 new affordable homes, that would have cost the council £29 million to build.
Almost all of these have gone to people on our register who were waiting for council homes.
Find out more about what we're doing to reduce homelessness and how we're increasing affordable housing below.
Our aim is to make sure that anyone at risk of homelessness is aware of, and has access to the services they may need to prevent it.
Help and support for rough sleepers
Find out how we're tackling this issue and how you can help.
Increasing affordable housing
We've launched our own housing company, which will start building hundreds of new council homes.