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Supported housing needs assessment

The purpose of this report is to set out available evidence on homelessness and housing need in Poole to inform the commissioning of supported housing and housing related support services.

Key objectives

The key objectives of this report were to:

  • profile the current scale and nature of homelessness and supported housing need in Poole
  • distinguish where possible between vulnerable groups that require targeted attention
  • understand past trends and identify key strategic drivers of homelessness and housing need
  • establish current outcomes for people presenting as homeless or who are at risk of homelessness
  • establish current supply of supported housing and housing support services
  • provide an indication of potential future need for supported housing in Poole
  • inform future commissioning for supported housing and housing support services for Poole

Key findings

The key findings of this reports were that:

  • there are a significant and increasing number of people / households facing homelessness or the threat of homelessness in Poole
  • housing issues and homelessness will continue to increase over the next five years at least, and this is likely to place increased pressure on housing support services
  • the main causes of homelessness in Poole during 2014/15 were the loss of rented accommodation as a result of the termination of Assured Shorthold Tenancies ASTs (27%), parental/ family exclusions (22%), and domestic violence (8%)
  • homeless families account for over half of homeless households in Poole, just under 350 households in total
  • single homeless account for 40% of homeless households in Poole; overall there were 256 single homeless in 2014/15
  • a significant number of homeless (particularly single homeless) have complex needs or severe and multiple disadvantage
  • the increase in housing need/demand may be mitigated to some extent by effective prevention and early intervention activities
  • in Poole 252 households were prevented from becoming homeless through sustaining them in their own homes during 2014/15, over double the number for 2012/13
Page last updated: 25 April 2019
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