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Early intervention programme launched to reduce homelessness

15 June 2010

Local authorities are to refocus their services to offer more options to people facing the prospect of losing their home.

The Scottish Housing Options Approach funding programme, announced today by the Scottish Government, will see councils attempt to reduce the number of homelessness applications by providing households with information and advice about the range of services available, including those that offer support, and looking to prevent homelessness happening where that is possible.

The move, backed with about £500,000 of Government money, earmarked for staff training and service development, is part of the drive to meet the target of offering accommodation to all unintentionally homeless households by 2012.

Minister for Housing and Communities Alex Neil said: “With the housing options approach, prevention activity is the main driver, which makes sense economically and socially, and is line with the Government's broader principles of early intervention.”

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