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Braintree District Council and CHESS partner to combat homelessness

Braintree District Council and CHESS partner to combat homelessness

Braintree District Council Housing Options is working in partnership with CHESS to provide a rough sleeper outreach service.

Braintree District Council Housing Options is working in partnership with CHESS to provide a rough sleeper outreach service.

This is part of the Rough Sleeper Initiative spearheaded by former Communities Secretary (now Chancellor of the Exchequer) Sajid Javid. It will be funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government via Essex County Council and CHESS.

The aim of the funding is to prevent and relieve rough sleeping in Mid-Essex (Braintree, Chelmsford, Epping Forest and Maldon).

CHESS will be providing the following services across the areas:

  • Interventions to prevent rough sleeping - e.g. of people leaving prison, hospital, or those asked to leave by their family etc
  • Interventions to relieve rough sleeping - working with rough sleepers to help them off the streets
  • Rapid assessment of client needs - through support and provision of 2 vacant rooms offering emergency accommodation
  • Help to move service users into private rented accommodation
  • Support to help people who have moved on to sustain their accommodation

Councillor Kevin Bowers, Cabinet Member for Homes, said: “The Rough Sleeper Initiative and partnership with CHESS will allow us to provide the right outreach to the homeless on our streets. While rough sleeping is relatively low in our district, it is important to provide the necessary support to keep it this way and avoid anyone spending nights on our streets.

“CHESS will be able to provide their expert outreach and support to guide rough sleepers to the help and support they need to make positive change.”

Braintree District Council is encouraging residents to report anyone they see sleeping rough via the Streetlink website or app so CHESS and the Housing Options team can be aware and provide the relevant support. CHESS will endeavour to visit on the same day, provide the necessary help and ideally be able to provide them with shelter.