Homeless Prevention Fund

 

Topic last updated April 2018

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Purpose of the fund

Amount

Examples

Making a request

Refusal

Agreement

 

Purpose of the fund

The purpose of this fund is to use relatively small amounts of money to prevent homelessness in order to avoid greater costs that might be incurred later on should a household become homeless.

Homelessness prevention is where a local authority takes positive action to assist someone who considers him or herself to be at risk of homelessness in the near future (whether in priority need or not). The assistance should result in homelessness being averted for at least the next 6 months.

The person for whom the financial assistance is being requested should have a local connection with the city.

Amount

As a general guide expenditure will normally be up to a maximum of £1,000 for each homelessness prevention intervention. Requests for spending above this level will be considered in exceptional circumstances and on a case-by-case basis.

Where a payment is approved, it will usually take the form of a one-off grant payment on behalf of the service user direct to the landlord or other organisation. Where payment from the Homelessness Prevention Fund is to be issued as a loan, the Housing Advice Operations Manager/Housing Advice Service Manager will negotiate the terms of repayment with the referrer and arrange for an agreement to be drawn up accordingly.

Examples

The following are just examples of situations where an HPF payment may be approved:

 

Making a request

Applications for financial assistance from the HPF may be made by City Council Housing Advisors and by any organisation supporting homeless service users in the city.

 

Applications from external organisations should be made via Inform and will be considered by one of the Senior Housing Advisors.

 

Applications from City Council Housing Advisors should be emailed to one of the Senior Housing Advisors.

 

Requests should include the following information:

 

The Senior Housing Advisors will aim to respond to requests for funding within 5 working days of receiving the request or sooner where a 5-day response may prove too late to prevent or relieve homelessness.

 

Where a payment is approved, it will usually take the form of a one-off grant payment.  Payment will be made by the City Council on behalf of the service user to the appropriate person/organisation.

 

In some circumstances payment may be made as a loan to the person who is at risk of homelessness.

 

Where payment from the HPF is to be issued as a loan, the Senior Housing Advisor will negotiate the terms of repayment with the referrer and arrange for a Housing Advisor to draw up a repayment agreement.

 

Once the repayment agreement has been signed by the Housing Advisor and the person who is homeless or threatened with homelessness, the HPF payment will be issued.

 

Should the request for a payment from the HPF be refused, the reasons for the refusal will be given in writing to the referrer.

 

Repeat requests for payment from the HPF (i.e. a similar or identical scenario to the original request) will require the referrer to identify any exceptional circumstances in order that a further payment may be considered.

 

Refusal

There is no right to appeal a decision to refuse a request for the Homelessness Prevention Fund.

 

Agreement

A loan agreement template is attached here.