The common assumption among many workers is that prevention lies in finding alternative accommodation for the homeless applicant and nothing more.
This often becomes a sticky route to the infamous ‘Gatekeeping’ but it doesn’t have to be so.
The missing ingredient
What is often missing is knowledge of ancillary legislation outside of conventional homelessness rules requiring the homelessness prevention officer to delve into the world of landlord tenant law, and the regulations on repossession.
Hostels are often hideous things, and B&B even worse, surely a homeless applicant is better off staying in their own home for as long as possible? Provided that the conditions are sound and they aren’t at risk of violence.
To my mind, after a lifetime spent in this field saving a person’s home is by far the better route, not only legally and financially but morally as well.
Saving homes is best
As a TRO of 25 years standing I always got a terrific buzz out of saving people’s homes, not foolishly. If the property is unaffordable then it’s pointless fighting to keep people there but often, more subtle interventions can resolve matters for everyone.
This has become a bit of a cause celeb for me. Something which nags like a hole in a tooth when I know how much can be done to resolve matters for all parties, tenant, landlord, borrower and lender.
So I have created a free report and 6 weekly emails on different approaches to homelessness prevention which hopefully will flesh out the topic and encourage homelessness workers and even those who advise against them, to take a sideways look at the subject.
What is often required, as well as a knowledge upgrade, is a confidence boost for the officer or adviser to realise that courts do make wrong decisions and that mortgage companies and their high-powered, posh lawyers are often actually trying it on and you CAN challenge them, if you know what to ask for and how to ask for it.
So sign up….its free and you can’t argue with free, even if you decide not to use the material.