Barking & Dagenham Council saved in excess of £550,000 by re-housing over 80 homeless individuals and households into permanent social housing. This success was achieved in less than three years since joining our national move-on scheme, Homefinder UK.
Many of these applicants have been housed via Revive, our project dedicated to supporting domestic abuse survivors find a safe, secure and affordable home as quickly as possible.
Use of Personal Housing Plan (PHP’s) and Commitment forms
The key to Barking and Dagenham’s quick progress? Passionate, frontline officer, Sharon Davis with two years’ experience working in the Housing and Homeless Department discussed the importance of fully understanding the applicants’ needs. And she revealed their success to achieving this is rigorous Homeless Assessment combined with honest and realistic conversations with their applicants. The Personal Housing Plan and Commitment Form then make sure that the applicant fully understands the process and what is and is not being offered to them. These forms clarify and set realistic expectations, reducing risk of confusion or dissatisfaction later down the line.