SAHRA

What is SAHRA?

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. 

Why did NPSS develop SAHRA?

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.

How does SAHRA work?

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 

Is SAHRA free?

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. 

 

 

NPSS will:

  • Offer you wider support and guidance if, through the process of self assessment, a gap in service provision is highlighted
  • Share effective practice examples from other local authorities, including documents, protocols and pathways to assist and support you in the process
  • Validate each checklist highlighing areas of good practice and tangible recommendations for areas of improvement
  • Provide training recommendations to help enhance your service delivery

SAHRA checklists

Corporate Commitment

Corporate Commitment

Partnerships

Partnerships

Prevention focused housing options service which is compliant with HRA 2017

Prevention focused housing options service which is compliant with HRA 2017

Rough sleeping; prevention, intervention and recovery

Rough sleeping; prevention, intervention and recovery

Pathways

Pathways

Accessing the Private Rented Sector

Accessing the Private Rented Sector

Debt advice and preventing mortgage repossessions

Debt advice and preventing mortgage repossessions

Prevention focused homelessness strategy and delivery plan

Prevention focused homelessness strategy and delivery plan

Not using B&B accommodation for those aged 16 & 17

Not using B&B accommodation for those aged 16 & 17

Not placing families in B&B accommodation

Not placing families in B&B accommodation

SAHRA

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