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Help for those living on the streets

A countywide strategy for dealing with the plight of the homeless has been adopted by Boston Borough Council.

The draft strategy has been developed by the Lincolnshire County Homelessness Strategy Group, made up of every housing association in the county, statutory and voluntary organisations, to cover the period 2017 to 2021.

The group's three previous strategies have been recognised as best practice partnership models by the Government. The latest strategy was formulated following a review of homelessness in the county and consultation with a wide range of stakeholders and service users.

The draft strategy's section on Boston concedes that the area has some of the highest private rents in the region and lowest full-time wages, presenting affordability challenges. It has also had one of the largest population increases in the last Census in 2011.

The new strategy tackles supply of affordable housing, both rented and purchased, working with partners across statutory and voluntary sectors to reduce homelessness, tackling rough sleeping and the barriers which prevent rough sleepers from moving away from the streets