Kirklees WY-FI recently met with colleagues at Kirklees Housing to discuss the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction act which took effect from April 2018.
Positive discussions were had around how the act will aim to support people to access more appropriate longer term and sustainable housing, taking into account areas of multiple and complex need. Kirklees Housing has decided to enforce the approach with staff that they will no longer discharge duty on clients, but instead will work to individually tailored housing plans to include holistic support in considering the wider factors that support people in retaining and sustaining their housing.
We talked about some of the specifics of tailoring assessments to individuals, feeding back some of the learning from the WY-FI project and our co-production network (which was greatly received), how housing staff can access training through WY-FI Hub sessions and Practice Development Groups and how Kirklees WY-FI can work to tailor their support to workers working with Multiple and Complex Need to ensure that staff also feel supported and confident in dealing with issues such as Mental Health and Substance Use.
From May it has been agreed that WY-FI workers will shadow workers in housing and share learning and experience of working with Multiple and Complex Need.
Although this is the beginning of a longer conversation, it feels positive that Housing have taken an open and transparent approach to the impending changes and have taken the first step in linking to services outside of housing to supplement and enhance the options available to those with Multiple and Complex Need.