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Proposal to develop alternative emergency accommodation for
Proposal to develop alternative emergency accommodation for homeless 16/17- year-old young people Background WDC along with its statutory and vol partners have worked over the last year in developing and extending housing options for young people. In 07/08 there were 24 acceptances for 16/17 year olds. In the same year 44 young people were placed in B&B of which 18 stayed longer than 6 weeks. This equates to on average a rate of 4 applicants per month and 48.55 days in B&B Prevention Activity Work with Great Yarmouth Borough Council and the Mancroft Advice Project on the development of a housing advice/options toolkit- to be piloted Working with JUMP Peer Monitoring Group to deliver the toolkit into schools Norfolk Family Mediation Service Joint Suffolk Connexions/Housing Options Surgery Increasing housing options to reflect the housing and support needs of young people that need to secure alternative accommodation Development of Avenue Mansions as move-on accommodation 8 units Supported Lodgings in conjunction with YMCA and St Edmunds bury (10 placements) Agreement with Social Care to act as guarantor in the event of a young person being ready to move into mainstream housing and floating support All the above have been developed in line with the Spirals research proposals Service Provision Gaps The mediation service has had limited success as young people are either already estranged from their parents and have been ‘sofa surfing’ for some time, or parents do not want to engage in mediation etc. Home Visits have been minimal because of the demand caused by the above scenarios. It is both value for money and government best practice to reorientate services to earlier prevention methods e.g. home visits Suffolk has had a detailed Joint Protocol in place since 1998 however its implementation has been uneven in parts of the County, which has affected its delivery on the ground. Some Housing authorities are using the CAF process to address the holistic needs of the young person-but response times and notification of assessments has been limited or not evident. This has to be set within the local context of 10 referrals to every one between West Suffolk and Waveney. Both Ipswich and Waveney are ‘hotspots’ in terms of youth homelessness because of the heavy demand and deprivation in both Districts. WDC is still relying on the use of Bed and Breakfast accommodation-most recently over 50% of all B& B placements have involved 16/17 year olds. Angela Haye 09th June 2008 Proposal for Emergency Accommodation 1 Proposals to address the above issues Mediation Using mediation in a different way. SCDC work with 15/16 year olds and they have trained staff employed within the Housing advice and Options Team to mediate (training is for one year). They have the same caseworker throughout in terms of continuity of service delivery. If the mediator identifies further service needs within the family they refer onto the ‘The Fast Team’. This Suffolk County funded Service already has capacity issues and there doesn’t appear to be a presence in Waveney as yet. It would be extremely beneficial, following it success in other areas, for the operation of the fast team to be extended to Waveney. Where mediation is an option WDC will adopt the following approach If the parent is willing to reconcile and the young person does not want to participate WDC may take a view on whether it is reasonable to occupy or there is a possibility of intentionality in terms of ‘omission’-not agreeing to the mediation. (numbers) Home Visits There may be a need for short-term additional help in resourcing the reorientation of the team’s work Further mediation training in terms of home visits (4 day course identified). The training could be delivered locally in conjunction with other authorities e.g. GYBC and St Eds. Multi-agency Assessment process/linked to alternative emergency accommodation and greater sharing of information Current arrangement Advice and Information (Suffolk Connexions/Youth Offending/Leaving Care/Vol Agencies) Joint Housing Protocol Housing Social Care Whilst the protocol is being activated young people are placed in B&B. In the vast majority of cases Social Care do not provide information on the results of assessment Section 17 and 20. Without such information it can lead to the inevitable assumption that the person has been assessed as being not in need under the terms of the Children Act. Without practical information sharing, WDC through the Young Persons Housing Options Advisor inevitably ends up working in isolation .The effect of this is the young person is moved out of B&B into alternative accommodation. This is difficult to achieve because of the high numbers placed in B&B and supply not meeting demand Angela Haye 09th June 2008 Proposal for Emergency Accommodation 2 Issues for the Group to address: Role of emergency unit Emergency accommodation for young people with chaotic/complex needs and associated risks from being placed in B&B. Multi-agency Case Conference whilst placed in emergency accommodation And/or Cooling off/respite for young people who may be able to return home with the assistance of mediation and support-turnover could be higher-depending on success of initial home visit/mediation. Examples of possible emergency units: In the short term St Johns could provide one extra unit to be operational within a relatively short period of time. This would provide an opportunity to gauge demand and throughput in terms of alternative move –on accommodation. In the longer term St Johns Extra Room-the difficulty with this option is that it only provides one room and the costs associated with operating one unit is proportionately higher than a number of units e.g. 3. To investigate the possibility of adding two further crash pad units depending on availability of land site and resources. Because of the smaller demand in other market towns consideration could be given to guesthouse/ supported lodgings arrangements Nightstop provision using host families-there is no guarantee of where these families will be recruited from e.g. will they cover other towns. WDC would need to commission an organisation to deliver it and there will be similar cost to the scheme above due to the small numbers Joint Assessment/Referral Routes Hard to place young people It is proposed the respite unit will be initially funded as a pilot through the remainder of the LSP Performance Grant. As these funding cuts across different strategic services the referral/nomination rights to the unit would have to be agreed and established. It is suggested that an Initial Referral form is completed by the Social Care/Housing Options or statutory service that the young person has contact with (the decision to allocate an emergency placement rests with St Johns Housing Trust). A multi-agency assessment would then need to be conducted within a specified time frame to consider move-on accommodation plus appropriate support. This would of necessity require information sharing Angela Haye 09th June 2008 Proposal for Emergency Accommodation 3 Hertsmere District Council have a multi agency providers/assessment panel whereby all supported accommodation is allocated (meetings are every two weeks)-this may not sit well with each organisation’s allocations policy but it will provide a sense of supply and demand and move-on within Waveney-this may become more appropriate relevant in terms of Local Government reorganisation. 16/17 year olds low-level relationship breakdown It is proposed that the respite unit could be used to accommodation young people whilst mediation/support is organised. Turnover in the unit would probably be higher but it may address the expectation by young people they will automatically be placed in Abigail Court (where their mates are) or other B&B. A referral to CAF could also be part of this process in terms of either sustaining the person in the family home or negotiating a housing pathway for the young person. A temporary Supported Lodgings Scheme (1-3 nights) maybe more appropriate for this group. This may also be appropriate for young people coming from the market towns and outlying areas. Further costings on the Nightstop scheme to be provided once meeting with Ed Vaughn has taken place. Funding It is proposed The LSP grant would fund the set up cost and the employment of an extra worker. Both schemes will involve considerable expenditure but there may be scope for diverting some of the general fund to fund a proportion of the scheme (subject to senior management agreement). If both schemes are to be used by statutory agencies other funding sources could be identified in terms of match funding which would be beneficial if the number of short-term units were extended. Housing Benefits Housing Benefits would be willing to fund both schemes. HB can be paid on a nightly basis as long as the arrangements are similar to that of placements in B&B i.e. signing in sheets on a nightly basis. B&B Accommodation Costs are currently £18.00 per night –occupancy at 66% of the year £4339-+top up which the resident is charged for (utilities breakfast). The above income could be incorporated into the projected budget. Inland Revenue Funding Under the Rent a room scheme the host will get the equivalent of another single persons tax allowance. Supporting People-initial response In principle SP would have no objection to a change of use for one room at Pheonix House but only once Avenue Mansions was operational They have suggested the proposal comes from St. John's with a reference to WDC's support. At this stage More detail would need to be provided about precisely what is proposed so that SP can make an informed decision - at this stage SP have no idea if the proposal involves a change Angela Haye 09th June 2008 Proposal for Emergency Accommodation 4 of use for one room or more; an additional room; or whether or not more funding would be requested. Emergency Unit at Pheonix House-costings* Phoenix House - Crash Pad £ £ Income Income LSP Grant 11,073 HB 35 weeks @ £20 4,900 Per night Total Income 15,973 Expenditure Equip Room Additional radiator (est.) 350 and wash basin 200 Bed 150 Wardrobe Drawers B/side cabinet 150 Curtains 15 Foldable chair 10 Bedding Duvet & pillow (x2) 34 Waterproof bed set (x2) 30 Duvet & pillow cover (x2) 50 Towel (x4) 35 Soap (guest bars approx 365) 50 Toothbrush (disposable approx 365) 365 Shampoo (guest sachets approx 365) 62 Alarm clock 10 Sub-Total (1,511) Salary Costs Annual salary, 28 hrs/week @ £7.99 /hr 11,633 On costs 2,679 Recruitment Costs 150 Sub -Total Gross Salary 14,312 Total Expenditure 15,973 Costings would be higher if there were two or three crsahpads but the costs t would be proportionately cheaper for each one. Angela Haye 09th June 2008 Proposal for Emergency Accommodation 5 Angela Haye 09th June 2008 Proposal for Emergency Accommodation 6
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