Reviewing Cornwall’s Homelessness Strategy

5 June 2019 Posted by

Homelessness can affect anyone at any time. Homelessness means not having a home. You are considered  homeless if you have nowhere to stay and are living on the streets – but you can also be homeless even if you have a roof over your head. Homelessness is complex and often reflects other vulnerabilities or circumstances related to health, justice or social services. Homelessness often results from a combination of events such as relationship breakdown, debt, adverse experiences in childhood and through ill health. Homelessness can be devastating. People affected by street homelessness, the most visible form of homelessness, are almost 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence, 15 times more likely to have suffered verbal abuse in the past year and are 9 times more likely to take their own life than on average. The average age of death for someone who is homeless and rough sleeping is just 47 – thirty years younger than the national average.

We are already achieving a lot in terms of helping homeless people in Cornwall but there is so much more to be done. Cornwall’s current Homelessness Strategy needs reviewing in light of recent legislative (Homelessness Reduction Act 2017) and other changes such as the publication of the Government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy and Delivery Plan. If you work with homeless people or are just concerned about homelessness in Cornwall please get involved in helping to develop our new strategy. Consultation and engagement on the review of the strategy will run for 12 weeks from Wednesday 15th May to Wednesday 7th August 2019.

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Simon, Research & Information Officer, Amethyst, Community Safety Team

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