Corby Council top of league table of authorities for preventing homelessness

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Figures released by the government show Corby is one of the best authorities in the country for preventing homelessness.

The Department for Communities and Local Government’s statistics show that Corby Council’s housing options team was successful in preventing 709 households in the town from becoming homeless during 2012-13.

Out of 325 authorities, this puts Corby 4th in the league table for prevention work and regionally the borough council is the best at preventing people ending up on the streets.

Corby Council’s homeless prevention toolkit includes family mediation, debt advice, rough sleeper outreach, a deposit bond scheme, referrals to the housing discretionary fund, mortgage rescue and negotiation with private sector landlords.

The council’s lead member for housing, Cllr Bob Eyles, said: “When faced with the potential of becoming homeless, people seek help from the our housing options team.

“We are very proud of the team and very proud of the service that they provide in preventing homelessness for those who may be unfortunately in that situation.

“In such unstable economic times this has been challenging work and the team’s successful approach has ensured that many families have been able to keep their home.”