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Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy

The Homelessness Act 2002, requires every Local Authority to carry out a homelessness review in its Borough every 5 years, to develop and publish a Homelessness Strategy based on this review and to consult with other statutory and voluntary organisations.

Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Strategy 2024-29

Our Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Strategy sets out the Council’s vision and aims to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping across the Borough over the next five years and was approved by Cabinet in April 2024.

The Strategy’s three key priorities are:

  • Improve Access to Accommodation
  • Increased Prevention of Homelessness and Rough Sleeping
  • Focus on Support

This Strategy has been developed through an extensive process of consultation with key partners and other stakeholders, which produced a Homeless Review that informed the production of this Homelessness Strategy and we would like to thank all those who have contributed and helped in this process.


Sefton Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Strategy Action Plan

The Action Plan outlines the priorities and key actions and roles of key stakeholders to address the issues detailed in the Strategy document.

It includes action points, targets, and timelines to address the homelessness priority topics, while remaining flexible and responsive to new funding opportunities, and emerging issues, such as changing legislation and new government policies.

The Homelessness Strategy Action Plan is currently being drafted and will be published shortly.

The following Equality Impact Assessment was produced to inform the draft Strategy.



To undertake this review and develop a subsequent strategy the Council appointed Neil Morland Housing Consultants LTD. The scope of this commission included a comprehensive review of current and projected levels of homelessness in the Borough and a review of current homelessness services.

The Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy is comprised of three documents:

  • The formal Homelessness Review identified the evidence of needs, and engagement with stakeholders, service providers and service users, in order to collect evidence and opinion of what works well now, what doesn’t work well, and what gaps in services there may be.
  • Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan. This plan will guide future delivery of the strategy and allow progress to be monitored. This document has been developed largely in response to the many recommendations made in the Homelessness Strategy.

An Equality Impact Assessment was carried out on the strategy. This can be viewed here.


Annual Report on Levels of Homelessness in Sefton 2018/19

Sefton’s Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Strategy 2018-23 contains an action to, ‘Publish an annual report explaining the current levels of homelessness, to aid elected councillor and chief officer decision making, and carry out an in-depth analysis of data collected by the Homelessness Case Level Information Classification monitoring system (H-CLIC).’

Producing an annual report gives Sefton a snapshot of all types of homelessness across the borough. Over time this will allow Sefton to benchmark where we are compared to previous years and will also enable us to help plan services for future years. 

Annual Report Levels Of Homelessness Sefton 2018 19 (pdf 1.06MB)
Annual Report Levels Of Homelessness Sefton 2019 20 (pdf 683KB)
Annual Report Levels Of Homelessness Sefton 2020 22 (pdf 1.63MB)
Annual Report Levels Of Homelessness Sefton 2022 23 (pdf 3.11MB)

Last Updated on Thursday, July 18, 2024

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