We want to assist Public bodies and partners with the "Duty to Refer" and Richmondshire will be using the Free referral tool called ALERT. This is a FREE online tool that is designed to specifically meet the new Duty to Refer requirement. ALERT will enable referrals to be made direct to the Housing Options Services in Richmondshire and is a national tool. This session will provide agencies with free training on the Homelessness Reduction Act and will help to ensure that they are ready to make referrals so they can meet their obligations under the Duty to Refer on 1st October 2018. Richmondshire has designed these workshop sessions in partnership with NPSS to support the implementation of a wider duty to refer and the launch of ALERT.
The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 brings in a new duty called the "Duty to Refer". "The Duty to Refer" came into force on Monday 1st October 2018. Under this duty the public bodies are required to notify a housing authority of service users they consider may be homeless or threatened with homelessness within 56 days. What do I need to do? Under the Homelessness Reduction Act, specified public bodies will now have a duty to refer at risk households to a local authority housing team. This means a person’s housing situation must be considered whenever they come into contact with a wider public service, such as a hospital. Cornwall are implementing the referral process with specified public bodies and ALL wider agencies and this event will ensure that your team is aware of how to make referrals to Cornwall Housing.
FREE of charge.