On 30th July 2021, Newham Council’s draft strategy for tackling homelessness and rough sleeping opened for public consultation.

The new strategy sets out plans to continue reducing homelessness and rough sleeping through early intervention and support to stop people ending up on the streets, and will ensure people are treated with care and compassion.

Consultation remains a vital component of the Council’s strategy to ensure that local people can shape their borough’s policies. Whether from residents, local housing providers, or businesses – all input is extremely valuable.

Rokhsana Fiaz OBE, Mayor of Newham, said:
“Everyone in Newham has a right to somewhere safe to stay. I know from personal experience what it is like to lose your family home and I am committed to doing all I can to help people who are homeless.

“Our draft plan strategy sets out our commitment to do all we can to give everyone options to keep them from being homeless or sleeping rough. We want to hear from the community what they think of our plans and how best we can tackle homelessness together.”

The five-year strategy, and accompanying action plan also offers ambitious plans for reducing the number of people living in temporary accommodation and new ways to prevent homelessness by working with partners – including voluntary organisations, healthcare partners, and private landlords.

To view the strategy and action plan, and to take part in the consultation, visit:

The draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy sets out a vision to ensure that:
 nobody is sleeping rough or forced to live in dangerous or transient accommodation
 everyone at risk of homelessness gets the help they need to prevent it
 there is access to affordable, secure and fit homes in Newham
 the council is working in partnership with others to provide support to those who
need it, when they need it.