Hounslow Council Plans To Stop Homelessness Before It Starts

The Homelessness – Stop It Before It Starts – campaign sets out to raise awareness of the causes and risks factors that fuel homelessness among residents.

Published: Wednesday, 23rd October 2019

Image of Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council and Deputy Leader, Lily Bath at the StopItBeforeItStarts homelessness campaign launch.

Hounslow Council has launched an ambitious campaign to help prevent homelessness in the borough. The Homelessness – Stop It Before It Starts – campaign sets out to raise awareness of the causes and risks factors that fuel homelessness among residents, and encourages them to spot the early warning signs - job loss, domestic violence, and the tenant evictions - and to contact the council as soon as possible to get crucial advice and support. 

Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council said: “Homelessness is not inevitable – it can and should be prevented –  Homelessness has no place in a sustainable community.  Every day our front-line services work with people who are locked in a struggle to pay their rent, trying to cover the cost of food and bills. For many, the constant pressure is too much and people lose their home. We need to support and prevent them from ever getting onto the downward spiral that can lead to homelessness and despair.

“That’s why we are launching our  borough wide campaign – we remain committed and  focused on delivering great outcomes for our residents.  Homelessness has no place in a sustainable community. Like poverty and disadvantage, our aim should be to eradicate it”.

Cllr Lily Bath, Cabinet Member for Housing at Hounslow Council said: “We have launched our homelessness campaign and the message is simple – we want to help and support residents and prevent them from losing their home, rather than waiting until they are homeless and having to pick up the pieces.

“If we can predict homelessness, we can prevent it and this means that nobody will need to be forced out of their home, no one sleeps rough and there will not be a need for anyone to go into emergency accommodation without a plan to quickly move into housing

“Homelessness is a complex issue, and we know that there is not one thing alone that will fix it. However, by working together with across services we can support our residents to remain living in their own homes.  Help us stop it before it starts, don’t delay, please get in touch”.

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