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New forum on homelessness

A new forum to help Liverpool City Council’s drive to prevent homelessness and reduce rough sleeping has beem launched.

It was open to anybody– whether they provide a service to homeless people, are homeless themselves or have been in the past, or simply have an interest in the subject.

The new forum, which will now meet twice a year, is part of the council’s strategy on tackling homelessness in the city.

“There is, quite rightly, a lot of interest in homelessness,” said Councillor Frank Hont, cabinet member for housing, ” but perhaps some people, do not fully appreciate some of the issues involved and the work which goes on to resolve them.

“This new body will give us a chance to explain what we and our partners are doing and aiming to achieve.

“But, we know we don’t have a monopoly of wisdom in this area and we are keen to hear other views and ideas. It will also be an opportunity for people to ask questions about this subject.

“How we deal with homelessness is a very important issue so I am hoping that we get a good attendance at the forum.”

Today also saw the launch of the new Homeless Strategy  for 2016 to 2020 which can be read here – Liverpool.gov.uk/homelessness-strategy.

To find out more please email adultcommissioningteam@liverpool.gov.uk, stating if you have any access requirements.

• If you see a rough sleeper you can help by calling the helpline on 0300 123 2041 and support will be offered to them.

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