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Yorkshire Housing has underlined the importance in addressing homelessness in the region by signing up to the Commitment to Refer.

It’s an initiative by the National Housing Federation to mark the Homelessness Reduction Act, which comes into force on October 1, 2018.

With homelessness a national talking point, the new Act ensures that more will be done to help people who are struggling finding a home. It requires public bodies, such as job centres, prisons and emergency rooms, to be bound by the Duty to Refer; an obligation to refer anyone to a local authority if they are homeless or threatened with homelessness.  

Housing associations are not part of this, but the National Housing Federation’s members were keen to support the implementation of the Act, and worked with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to develop the Commitment to Refer, which emphasises our support for the Duty to Refer.

Yorkshire Housing have now signed up to this initiative and have reviewed some of our related procedures to ensure we can adhere to this commitment. Neighbourhoods service excellence manager, Tim Bright, said:

“This commitment is something that we already recognise within Yorkshire Housing but signing it emphasises that we are working to tackle homelessness and it also makes a public commitment to the values that we should and do hold.”

For more information about the Commitment to Refer, click here.