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Trafford Council is continuing to make huge progress in the fight to prevent homelessness across the borough, a report reveals.

The Council’s HOST End of Year Performance Report for 2021/22 shows that the Councils Homelessness Strategy is proving to be a success.

The five-year strategy, which was launched in 2019, has helped hundreds of families from becoming homeless and has taken rough sleepers off the streets of Trafford.

The major achievements of the Council’s Homelessness Strategy so far include:

· 311 households prevented from becoming homeless in 2021/22

· Securing permanent accommodation for 15 rough sleepers

· Providing housing advice to 71,766 households in 2021/22

· The Housing Options Service Trafford (HOST) team visited 25 households in 2021/22

· HOST made 235 visits in response to reports of rough sleepers

The strategy sets out the Council’s priorities for Trafford over the next five years. They are: To prevent homelessness in Trafford; increase the supply of social housing and good quality temporary accommodation, work towards ending rough sleeping; improve access to employment, education and training for homeless people in Trafford and to improve their health and wellbeing. It also strongly reflects the Council’s corporate priority to support people out of poverty.

Cllr James Wright, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Housing and Neighbourhoods, said: “I am delighted that the Council’s strategy is continuing to work. When we launched the Homelessness Strategy we aimed to take people off the streets and to prevent families from becoming homeless. I am delighted to say that we are doing just that and that the strategy appears to be a huge success – saving 311 households from becoming homeless and securing permanent accommodation for 15 rough sleepers is no mean feat.

“Thank you to everyone involved I this work. I am proud of our achievements to date and can promise that we will continue to work hard to eradicate homelessness in our borough.”

The Council’s achievements were outlined in a report which reviews the strategy and provides an annual update on the issue of homelessness in the borough.