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Priorities and actions

 

Priorities and actions

In addition to the actions identified in this section, other actions across the strategy will support wellbeing of local residents. For example, the review of our Housing Assistance Policy will also cover adaptations assistance which supports both children and adults with physical disabilities or frailty.

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We will:

  • reduce our use of hostels for young people leaving care
  • develop more suitable housing options for LAC and young asylum seekers
  • support foster carers in Luton through appropriate home extensions and access to larger homes to allow local fostering
  • work with partners to bring forward supported lodging and shared lives housing options
  • continue to return children who are currently placed outside of Luton back into the borough, developing specialist accommodation where necessary
  • work with third sector partners to make move on accommodation available for young people

We will:

  • work with partners to support people, where appropriate, to stay safely in their homes rather than having to move due to violence, and to return home after a refuge stay if possible
  • continue to develop referral networks between our Housing Needs team and support providers to improve the pathway into support for victims of domestic abuse. Information about refuge spaces will be shared to ensure that people are helped wherever possible
  • review the need for supported temporary accommodation and make this available to victims of domestic abuse where appropriate
  • review our tenancy management and encourage other landlords to do the same, to challenge perpetrators living in our homes and make both our permanent and temporary accommodation safe for residents
  • develop a Domestic Violence and Housing Strategy with partners which will include an approach to safe move on accommodation options

We will:

  • consider establishing a HIV+ champion to take an overview on our services to this cohort of people and especially in regard to supporting good mental health and access to wider housing and support services
  • incorporate data from this cohort into our needs assessment for accessible housing due to the increased prevalence of mobility problems
  • incorporate people with conditions such as TB into our service planning for supported housing solutions and supported temporary accommodation

We will:

  • help people stay close to family and community
  • meet our commitments within the Transforming Care Programme and facilitate access to appropriate housing for Transforming Care clients and other people with learning disabilities and autism as identified in the forthcoming Learning Disabilities & Autism Strategy
  • be an active partner in learning disabilities forums and groups to build working relationships
  • as identified in the forthcoming Learning Disabilities and Autism Strategy, we will seek opportunities to meet the housing aspirations of people with learning disabilities and autism by supporting access to:
    • mainstream housing where relevant
    • provision of shared accommodation options
    • shared lives
    • provision of new accommodation
  • adopt the Learning Disabilities Plan
  • make six homes available at our Marsh Farm development for people with learning disabilities

We will:

  • participate in multi-agency approaches to support mental health for all, including children, through good quality housing and homelessness services
  • incorporate consideration of mental health into our activities around vulnerable groups
  • continue to work with partners to address homeless migrants, and seek additional funding to address accommodation and support needs
  • encourage our staff and partners to train to identify languages and offer appropriate housing advice

We will:

  • with partners to help people who are entering the criminal justice system to retain their housing where possible, including where they are a council tenant
  • with third sector partners to seek funding to provide proactive housing advice ahead of release to ensure an address when leaving prison
  • with NACRO and other partners to source additional housing for ex-offenders.
  • in partnership to reduce reoffending by ensuring that ex-offenders are not excluded from pathways to housing and can access appropriate housing and resettlement support to maintain a stable and successful life

We will:

  • develop proactive services which support independence such as rapid access to adaptations, assistive technology and financial advice
  • promote age-appropriate accommodation, built to good design, care ready and in age-exclusive blocks. This may form part of a wider mixed use scheme
  • remodel and relaunch our handyperson service to support independence at home
  • work with partners including health partners to expand our advice offer and work with community gatekeepers to support older people making positive choices to stay well at home and avoid loneliness
  • initiate conversations with developers about including age-exclusive accommodation within wider development schemes
  • include age-appropriate homes within our HRA development programme as part of our commissioning priorities and identify sites which could deliver our own age-appropriate and extra care
  • identify a site for extra care provision and work with partners including health and social care organisations to commission a new scheme

We will:

  • increase the number of wheelchair standard dwellings which we build to 10% of our rolling HRA Programme and build to minimum accessible standards across our programme
  • develop our assistive technology offer to help people live independently
  • continue to take up all adaptations funding to provide adaptations for people with disabilities and align this programme with schemes to facilitate hospital discharge and avoid hospital admittance
  • protect Housing Revenue Account funding for adaptations in council homes to support independent living
  • ensure that sensory disabilities are reflected in our approach to aids, adaptations and design for people with broader physical disabilities

Risks and mitigations

Housing solutions which underpin wellbeing and health are highly personalised and related to many wider priorities. There are risks associated with a high dependence on partnership solutions for these client groups.

Conversely this partnership working is also a strength as it maximises the capacity and resources of any individual organisation.


Download the Housing strategy 2019-22 (pdf/a)
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