MAHRG process for Housing Advice Service

The formal procedure document is linked here (A&R was renamed MAHRG)

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Introduction

Principles

Procedure

Hostel referrals for homeless applicants who are in priority need but intentionally homeless.

 

Introduction

MAHRG stands for Multi Agency Homelessness Review Group.

The MAHRG process is a way of ensuring that clients in need of supported accommodation are prioritised fairly and transparently.

Principles

Procedure

 

 

Hostel referrals for homeless applicants who are in priority need but intentionally homeless.

These clients can be prioritised on the list for Riverside/Cyrenians accommodation; however the focus of the list needs to remain on Jimmy’s guests being moved through the system. The list prioritises clients by number of days in Jimmy’s, with those who have been in longest at the top.

To move a priority need applicant to the top of the list, the following process will be used:

 

There is no legal basis for prioritising priority need clients for supported housing. These applicants can be lawfully evicted from their emergency/temporary accommodation 28 days after the decision has been issued, with no alternative accommodation in place. However, moving them into supported housing is best practise as these are often the most vulnerable cases.

 

This needs to be weighed up against the risk of the ‘Jimmy’s’ list being flooded by these cases and negating the whole purpose of the new process, which is to assist throughput at Jimmy’s. The process is subject to review.