Experts are predicting a surge in homeless demand this year due to the end of the eviction ban on 31 May, the end of the furlough scheme on 30 September and a rise in unemployment.
During the pandemic Harrow Council have seen more single homeless applicants than families and this is expected to change.
To help prepare for this the council are convening a day of action on Thursday 22 July at 9.30am – 12.30pm on MS Teams so that together they can plan a collective approach for the future of homelessness services in Harrow.
Guest speakers include Eloise Shepherd, Head of Housing & Planning, at London Councils; Scott Bryant, Private Rented Sector Manager at the Greater London Authority (GLA); and Yvonne Baisden, London Representative & Trainer, National Residential Landlords Association.
After Round Table questions, there will be an opportunity to join one of three workshops: Homelessness prevention – signposting and advice; Great joined-up working; and Welfare rights, financial inclusion and employment.
A Harrow Council spokesperson said: “We will only tackle homelessness effectively if all organisationsinvolved work together. If we do this effectively, we will help prevent people from losing their homes, and assist them with the money, support and employment opportunities they might need. It is vital that we achieve this ambition as well as ensure that it is sustainable.”
Source: Harrow Council