The aim of the 2020 Initiative is simple: to provide permeant accommodation for the Homeless, coupled with pastoral care to solve the issues they face.
The 2020 initiative is a “no-cost” option for Local Authorities, as currently the cost of expensive unsuitable temporary accommodation is met by the Local Authority where the resident is located, whilst the move to suitable permanent accommodation from the 2020 Initiative transfers the cost to National Government.
Therefore when Local Authorities embrace the 2020 Initiative, the ruinous cost of temporary accommodation extracted by the owners of temporary accommodation, which is often four times more than the LHA rent, can be released from Local Authority budgets to be deployed for other much-needed social service expenditure including education, health and care for the elderly.
Whilst the provision of permanent suitable accommodation is the building block for the 2020 Initiative, the participants in the 2020 Initiative have developed a wide range of services to support resettlement into permanent homes, providing the opportunity to overcome any issues or fears which are hold them back, these include those who have entrenched histories of rough sleeping or homelessness, issues facing people with recent refugee status, involvement in the criminal justice system, substance misuse and trauma created by domestic violence, sexual violence, ‘honour’-based violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, human trafficking or modern slavery.
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