The SAHRA (Self-Assessment Homelessness Reduction Act) Portal is the National Practitioner Support Service’s (NPSS) latest resource for local authorities, delivered through an intuitive online self-assessment checklist tool.
SAHRA is designed to support local authorities deliver and evidence a prevention focused front line housing service which puts customers at the centre of service delivery. The SAHRA checklists also support compliance with the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, encourage the maximisation of partnership opportunities and evidence ongoing commitment to continuous improvement in service development and delivery.
SAHRA follows the success of the MHCLG designed Gold Standard Programme which was brought to a close in England in 2017 following introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act. Local authorities told us how useful the Gold Standard was for reviewing service delivery and recognising good practice and so with SAHRA we bring this programme up to date with current legislation and practices.
SAHRA supports local authorities ensure compliance with the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 and Code of Guidance whilst also encouraging the development and holistic service delivery through a series of interactive self-assessment checklists. Once completed, checklists and evidence are submitted to NPSS for verification. Local authorities receive certification from NPSS to confirm the relevant standard has been achieved with examples of their good practice showcased on the NPSS website www.npsservice.org.uk
Yes. NPSS remains committed to delivering free and at cost services for local authorities and their partner agencies. These services now cover a wide spectrum with a common goal; the delivery and evidencing of services focused on the earlier intervention and prevention of homelessness.