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To whom this may concern,

I am seeking information from your local authority under the Freedom of Information Act (2000), regarding the topic of homelessness in your area. My questions are as follows:

• What was the number of people found to be rough sleeping in the area administered by the council in each of the years from 2010 – 2018?
• What was the number of people found to be homeless in the area administered by the council in each of the years from 2010 to 2018?
• How much was spent by the council on schemes aimed at tackling homelessness in each of the years between 2010 and 2018?
• How much was spent by the council on ‘Housing First’ style schemes aimed at tackling homelessness in each of the years between 2010 and 2018?
• How much was spent by the council from Government grants on ‘Housing First’ style schemes aimed at tackling homelessness in each of the years between 2010-2018?

If you can identify any ways that my request could be refined, I would be grateful for any further advice and assistance.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me via email and I will be pleased to clarify what I am asking for and discuss the request.

Thank you very much for your help regarding this topic, I look forward to you reply in the near future.

Yours faithfully,

Emily Thomas

Freedom of Information, Eastleigh Borough Council

Dear Ms Thomas,

Freedom of Information Request Received

Thank you for your request which we received on 20/09/19.

We are currently treating your request as a request for information under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
 
As required by law, the Council will respond to you as soon as possible
and no later than twenty working days after the receipt of your request.

I am also aware that you sent another request earlier for information on a
similar topic. As both requests will be sent to the same department, I
will combine the two and provide one long response. This will save time
and ensure that your request is dealt with as soon as possible. However,
if you would like the requests to be processed separately, please notify
me at [Eastleigh Borough Council request email]. 

If you would like to know further information on Freedom of Information
Requests, please visit our website:
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Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Officer

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no-reply, Eastleigh Borough Council

Dear Ms Thomas,

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  I can confirm that Eastleigh Borough Council
(“Council”) does hold the information requested. As mentioned in my
previous email, I have combined both requests and provided one long
answer. 

Request
What was the number of people in temporary accommodation organised by the
council in each of the years from 2010-2018?

2010               44
2011               75
2012               72
2013               67
2014               67
2015               58
2016               46
2017               31
2018               50

How many of those in temporary accommodation were children in each of the
years from 2010-2018?
As part of recording our temporary accommodation use, we have not
historically detailed the household make-up of each placement.  Obtaining
this information would require accessing every housing register account
for each placement which would take significant time given the number of
temporary accommodation bookings recorded.  Unfortunately, many of the
historic bookings (prior to the introduction of the Hampshire Home Choice
system in 2014, together with the homeless module for recording homeless
applications) only state the applicants surname so identifying those with
common surnames would add further time pressures.

What was the average length of time a family spent in temporary
accommodation in each of the years from 2010-2018?
As above we have not historically detailed the household make-up of each
placement so again, obtaining this information would require accessing
every housing register account for each placement which would take
significant time given the number of temporary accommodation bookings
recorded.  Unfortunately, many of the historic bookings (prior to the
introduction of the Hampshire Home Choice system in 2014, together with
the homeless module for recording homeless applications) only state the
applicants surname so identifying those with common surnames would add
further time pressures.

How many people were placed in B&B accommodation in each of the years from
2010-2018?

2010               42
2011               75
2012               65
2013               64
2014               65
2015               54
2016               45
2017               30
2018               48

How many people were given temporary accommodation outside of the council
area in each of the years from 2010-2018?

2010               40       
2011               66
2012               50
2013               33
2014               41
2015               46
2016               40
2017               29
2018               39

How many children were given temporary accommodation outside the council
area in each of the years from 2010-2018?
As above, this information is only obtainable by accessing every each
application of those placed in temporary accommodation.

What is the average cost per night paid by the council for temporary
accommodation in each of the years from 2010-2018?
When making a temporary accommodation booking we have historically
recorded the weekly cost for the room/s.  To establish an average cost per
night, we would need to calculate the number of days each household has
spent in temporary accommodation and obtain the figure this way.  Also,
the costs per stay can highly fluctuate according to whether we are
booking a single room, a family room, on some occasions 2 rooms.  There
are also occasions where the room is charge per person as opposed to per
night.  This question therefore doesn’t account for those eventualities. 
Ivy Buncombe has been on leave this week but I will double check with her
when she is back on Monday to see if there is a way we could provide this
figure.

FOI Request 00115293

What was the number of people found to be rough sleeping in the area
administered by the council in each of the years from 2010 – 2018?
Eastleigh Borough Council takes part in the annual rough sleeper count by
engaging with our local services and providing an estimate of any known
rough sleepers who are bedding down on the night.  To date, we have not
recorded the number of persons found to be sleeping rough throughout the
year.  We have an outreach service who respond immediately in the event of
identifying a rough sleeper in the area.  They would then visit the site
immediately in an attempt to engage with the person and introduce them to
our service to provide help and support to resolve their housing needs. 
Despite our efforts, some rough sleepers opt not to engage with services
and when approached by our outreach service may often choose to move onto
another destination.  It would therefore not be consistently accurate to
record every sighting of a rough sleeper as a new case.

What was the number of people found to be homeless in the area
administered by the council in each of the years from 2010 to 2018?
This question is broad and would require some further definition before a
full response can be formulated.  Some of the information that we have
historically recorded would not be accurate for the following reasons;
 

* The number of households placed in emergency accommodation would
reflect the number of homeless persons who have made a homeless
application to EBC where we have determined that they are eligible,
homeless and have reason to believe that they are priority need. 
However, this figure would not include those who are not in priority
need and therefore were not offered emergency accommodation.
* The number of homeless applications taken would include households who
are threatened with homelessness and in some cases the threat of
homelessness would have been prevented prior to homelessness
occurring.  There is again the issue of non-priority need cases who
may not have been homeless but did not make a homeless application and
also those who following investigation of their homeless application
were found to be not homeless.

How much was spent by the council on schemes aimed at tackling
homelessness in each of the years between 2010 and 2018?
EBC’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2019-2024 publishes our
annual spend on homeless prevention loan schemes from 2014, however, this
information is correlated by financial year as opposed to per calendar
year.  I have contacted Finance and asked whether they would have access
to this information.  The annual spend on homeless prevention loan schemes
as detailed in the strategy is as follows:

April 2010 – March 2011                 £53,545
April 2011 – March 2012                  £57,730
April 2012 – March 2013                  £51,269
April 2013 – March 2014                £107,631
April 2014 – March 2015                £108,656 
April 2015 – March 2016                £107,326  
April 2016 – March 2017                £123,348  
April 2017 – March 2018                  £82,525 
April 2018 – March 2019                £106,153 

How much was spent by the council on ‘Housing First’ style schemes aimed
at tackling homelessness in each of the years between 2010 and 2018?
EBC has not yet adopted a Housing First style scheme in the borough.

How much was spent by the council from Government grants on ‘Housing
First’ style schemes aimed at tackling homelessness in each of the years
between 2010-2018?
EBC has not yet adopted a Housing First style scheme in the borough.

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If you wish to make internal review please contact [2][Eastleigh Borough Council request email]
and reference case number 00115293 and 00115257.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
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decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Officer

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