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Newport unites to end homelessness 

Representatives from a cross-section of organisations across Newport met today to continue conversation on how to prevent and end homelessness in the city.

As the fastest-growing city in Wales, Newport has had a significant increase in its population in recent years, leading to a rapid increase in demand for housing which is outstripping supply. There are currently over 500 Newport households living in temporary housing, such as B and Bs – an expensive option for the Council and unsuitable for families. The city also has the highest number of people sleeping rough in Wales.

Homewards will support Newport with access to an extensive network of best-in-class expertise, potential funders and investors, up to £500k in flexible funding via The Homewards Fund, a research and evaluation programme, and a Local Delivery Lead to facilitate the project and provide strategic direction.

The gathering today, led by Helen Roper, Homewards Local Delivery Lead for Newport, concentrated on some key local priorities, including housing supply, family and women’s services, employment pathways, continuity of care and targeting early prevention. These conversations are informing the local action plan on how best to end homelessness in the city.

Homewards advocate, Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, also spoke movingly at the meeting, sharing her lived experience of homelessness on the streets on Newport when she was a teenager. She is now a neuroscientist and one of the most senior woman fire officers in the world.

Transforming housing services is a key priority for the City Council, who are currently working on a new Rapid Rehousing Strategy. 

“It has been inspiring to hear from a diverse range of organisations on how they can contribute to preventing homelessness in Newport. By working collaboratively, we stand a much better chance of success.”
-Councillor Jane Mudd, Leader of Newport City Council.