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Homelessness Charter aims to end homelessness in Gateshead

Homelessness Charter launch 23.03 Alt

Everyone should have a safe place to call home. That is our assertion as we formally launch our Homelessness Charter in a bid to prevent and end homelessness throughout Gateshead within the next five years.

Homelessness is complex. It can happen to anyone at any time, but it is generally associated with a period of crisis or trauma, and for those affected it can have a significant impact on their lives and future prospects, often resulting in inequality, poverty and poor health and wellbeing.

The Homelessness Charter is a key component of the council's recently published Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy, which sets out its vision and aims for service improvement to help end homelessness, in all its forms. The purpose of the Charter is to increase engagement and collaboration between key partners and service users to provide comprehensive support that is tailored to address the individual needs of those facing homelessness or who are homeless.

Kevin Scarlett, Strategic Director for Housing and Residential Growth with Gateshead Council, said:

"Key to the council achieving its ambition of ending homelessness is the recognition that everyone's experience of it is different, and the response to it must be equally as personal, with those affected being part of their own solution, and with support services available that build on their strengths and aspirations to help them thrive. But to do this we need to be working incredibly closely with those who have lived experience of being homeless, as well as vital partner organisations, in developing wrap around support that both helps to prevent the main triggers of homelessness, as well as providing a route out for those affected. Achieving this collaborative and focused vision is the purpose of the Homelessness Charter."

The Charter has been produced in consultation with homeless people, service providers, and a wide range of stakeholders from within and outside of the council, and it sets out a series of principles and pledges that the council is asking partner organisations, including health and other public sector bodies, landlords, charities, faith groups and businesses to sign up to and to adopt charter's pledges and to implement them through improved working practices.

Kevin Scarlett continued:

"The Homelessness Charter is designed to support those affected by homelessness, with all agencies and services working in partnership with homeless people to give the right support at the right time, through a personalised solution for the individuals concerned. This will help people out of homelessness and enable them to build foundations for a sustainable and prosperous future.   

"We would like agencies and organisations to sign up to the 12 pledges in the Charter, review their current response to homelessness, tell us what more they think they can do and give a commitment to actively work with us to end Homelessness in Gateshead and to positively improve the lives of those who were previously homeless."

For more information, or if you or your organisation wants to sign up to our Homelessness Charter,

visit our Homelessness Charter webpage

Homelessness Charter launch 23.03 Alt
23 March 2022

Everyone should have a safe place to call home. That is our assertion as we formally launch our Homelessness Charter in a bid to prevent and end homelessness throughout Gateshead within the next five years.

Homelessness is complex. It can happen to anyone at any time, but it is generally associated with a period of crisis or trauma, and for those affected it can have a significant impact on their lives and future prospects, often resulting in inequality, poverty and poor health and wellbeing.

The Homelessness Charter is a key component of the council's recently published Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy, which sets out its vision and aims for service improvement to help end homelessness, in all its forms. The purpose of the Charter is to increase engagement and collaboration between key partners and service users to provide comprehensive support that is tailored to address the individual needs of those facing homelessness or who are homeless.

Kevin Scarlett, Strategic Director for Housing and Residential Growth with Gateshead Council, said:

"Key to the council achieving its ambition of ending homelessness is the recognition that everyone's experience of it is different, and the response to it must be equally as personal, with those affected being part of their own solution, and with support services available that build on their strengths and aspirations to help them thrive. But to do this we need to be working incredibly closely with those who have lived experience of being homeless, as well as vital partner organisations, in developing wrap around support that both helps to prevent the main triggers of homelessness, as well as providing a route out for those affected. Achieving this collaborative and focused vision is the purpose of the Homelessness Charter."

The Charter has been produced in consultation with homeless people, service providers, and a wide range of stakeholders from within and outside of the council, and it sets out a series of principles and pledges that the council is asking partner organisations, including health and other public sector bodies, landlords, charities, faith groups and businesses to sign up to and to adopt charter's pledges and to implement them through improved working practices.

Kevin Scarlett continued:

"The Homelessness Charter is designed to support those affected by homelessness, with all agencies and services working in partnership with homeless people to give the right support at the right time, through a personalised solution for the individuals concerned. This will help people out of homelessness and enable them to build foundations for a sustainable and prosperous future.   

"We would like agencies and organisations to sign up to the 12 pledges in the Charter, review their current response to homelessness, tell us what more they think they can do and give a commitment to actively work with us to end Homelessness in Gateshead and to positively improve the lives of those who were previously homeless."

For more information, or if you or your organisation wants to sign up to our Homelessness Charter,

visit our Homelessness Charter webpage

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