ROUGH sleeping has ‘all but been eliminated’ in Warwick district say council chiefs.
Efforts to support and accommodate rough sleepers during the pandemic are continuing after numbers of rough sleepers in the district dropped from 22 to four, according to the last count in November.
And now Warwick District Council is putting plans in place, not only to eradicate the issue, but to ensure people are kept off the district’s streets.
The council has launched a consultation on its draft Homelessness Strategy for 2021-2026 which outlines the provision and preventative measures planned by the council.
WDC housing spokesman Coun Jan Matecki said: “I’m extremely proud of the work we have done since 2018, in particular, during the pandemic, when alongside voluntary agencies we provided secure accommodation for more than 80 individuals who were sleeping rough or at risk of homelessness. Our aim through this strategy is to make a temporary fix into a permanent solution, for the most vulnerable in our community.
“I would encourage everyone to read our draft strategy and submit their comments, suggestions or feedback; in doing this you will help us to shape our plans and approach to successfully tackling homelessness over the next five years and beyond.”
Visit www.warwickdc.gov.uk/homelessnessstrategy for details and to submit any views by March 7.