Home at the Heart is West Dunbartonshire Council’s first Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan for the period 2019/20-2023/24. The plan has been developed in partnership with key stakeholders including the West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership and local Registered Social Landlords. It was submitted to the Scottish Government on 31st December 2018 and approved by the Housing and Communities Committee on 6th February 2019.

The plan highlights the good progress that has been made across West Dunbartonshire in recent years through the implementation of our homelessness strategic approach ‘More Than a Roof’ including:

  • Reducing the overall incidences of homelessness;
  • Ensuring that homeless households are assessed quickly; and
  • Improving the tenancy sustainment rates of homeless households.

However, the plan also acknowledges that challenges exist in terms of developing appropriate Accommodation and Support Pathways which work for homeless households and has the following four key outcomes:

  • Deliver a Whole Systems approach to the prevention of homelessness;
  • Enable service users with low or no support needs to access settled housing quickly;
  • To develop interim housing options which enable independent living and housing sustainment;
  • Implement a Housing First model which enables the most excluded service users to achieve housing sustainment.