GreenSquare has signed up to the National Housing Federation’s Commitment to Refer, helping to take action on homelessness.
Last month (1 October) as part of the Homelessness Reduction Act, public bodies became bound by the Duty to Refer. This is an obligation to refer anyone to a local authority if they are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Despite not being bound by the Duty to Refer, GreenSquare, along with other housing associations, is keen to support the principles of the Act, so the National Housing Federation has developed their own offer. This is called the Commitment to Refer.
This is a voluntary commitment for housing associations to refer an individual or household to the local authority if they are homeless or at risk of being so, thereby supporting the aims of the Homelessness Reduction Act and the Duty to Refer.
GreenSquare is already closely involved in reducing homelessness and signing up to the Commitment to Refer is an opportunity to further demonstrate how they work alongside local housing authorities to tackle the issue.
Howard Toplis, chief executive at GreenSquare said: “We are very proud to sign up to this commitment. It is a positive step in supporting vulnerable people across the UK who are at risk of homelessness.”
A large number of housing associations have already signed up to the commitment and the National Housing Federation’s ambition is for all housing associations to sign up.
Guidance for housing associations on the Commitment to Refer can be found on their website.
GreenSquare is committed to working with local authorities and other organisations to provide specialist support and housing to vulnerable people, including those who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.
More information about their care and support services can be found on the website.