Corby tops charts as best in county for preventing homelessness

Cllr Bob Eyles with the Housing Options Team.
Cllr Bob Eyles with the Housing Options Team.

Corby is one of the best areas in the country for preventing homelessness, according to recent central government figures.

The Department for Communities and Local Government’s national statistics, in relation to homelessness activities during 2014/15, show that Corby Council’s Housing Options Team has been successful in preventing a total of 742 households in the borough from becoming homeless.

This has raised the council from 17th in 2012/13 to 12th out of 326 local authorities across the country, and keeps Corby in first spot within the county.

As part of homeless prevention Corby Council’s housing options team has put together a homeless prevention toolkit, in which people have access to interest free loans for rent in advance and deposits, a deposit bond scheme, a debt advice worker – working with Corby Advice Bureau – and partnership with the Sanctuary Project, providing a safe place for domestic abuse victims.

They also have access to Nightlight, a winter night shelter project.

Corby Council’s lead member for housing, Cllr Bob Eyles, said: “With growing financial strains on households across the country, unfortunately families can find themselves in the awful position of facing homelessness.

“This is why it is ever important that our officers work with residents across the borough to ensure that they can access the help and support they need to keep a roof over their head.

“The housing options team has a challenging job.

“However, we are very proud to see that what they are achieving is setting Corby as one of the best local authorities throughout the country for the prevention of homelessness.”