The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 brought in the Duty to Refer on the 1st October 2018. The duty means that specified public bodies should notify a local authority if they become aware of someone who may be homeless or threatened with homelessness within 56 days. The referral can only be made with the permission of the individual but once this has been received, the referring agency can make contact with the relevant local authority and pass the details on.
We want to help public bodies with the referral process and have therefore developed a free referral tool called ALERT which has been designed specifically to meet the Duty to Refer requirement. ALERT will enable referrals to be made directly to the Housing Options Service within any local authority in England.
This session will provide agencies with free training on the Homelessness Reduction Act and ensure that they are able to make referrals which meets their new legal obligations. The session will be delivered by the NPSS and will aim to support agencies in the implementation of the Duty to Refer by using this free online tool.
FREE of charge