Report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services.
Please note this report has a non-public appendix at agenda item 15.
Members received a report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services which outlined the successes and challenges arising within the City of London Accommodation Pathway for Rough Sleepers.
During the discussion, the following points were noted:
• In respect of the support needs data in the report; i.e. – 48% with single (high) support needs and 43% multiple support needs, with just 6 beds available, Members noted the Options Appraisal Report in today’s non-public agenda which sought to address this.
• The challenges in that some partners had different recording systems, with some less detailed than others. As the City Corporation was not the prime commissioner in these projects, they could not enforce a uniform standard. However, given that other Local Authorities were likely to be experiencing similar issues, officers agreed to raise this with the relevant commissioning leads. In the interim, the Assistant Director offered to produce some qualitative work in terms of the City Corporation’s cohort.
• In respect of EU Nationals, Anchor House provided 2 support beds whilst a client’s status was being identified. Guildford Street had an average stay of 3 months but a positive move-on might take a little longer. Members noted two case studies in the non-public part of the agenda, with positive outcomes and, and, in the past quarter, there had been 4 placements into independent accommodation. The Chairman and Members commended the Team for their hard work and tenacity, despite the challenges set out above.
RESOLVED, that – the report be noted.