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South West ALMO is top of homelessness prevention chart

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

Housing association awarded nearly £100,000 to prevent homelessness Housing association awarded nearly £100,000 to prevent homelessness

A South West ALMO's housing options team has become the most successful in the country for reducing homelessness.

Cheltenham Borough Homes' team has come joint first out of 326 homelessness services across the country.

Martin Stacy, Cheltenham Borough Council’s housing and communities manager, said: “The comparison, which is based upon the number of households deemed to be statutory homeless per 1,000 households, is the most useful tool available for us to compare ourselves fairly across other local authority areas.”

In the period July to September 2013 there were no households found to be statutorily homeless, and since April 2013 only one household was found to be statutorily homeless.

Following a review of the service, at the end of last year the housing options team transferred from the council to CBH, which manages the council's housing stock.

Sara Bennett, CBH's housing services manager, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming such a top performing team. They should be proud of what they have achieved and we’re looking forward to working with them to continue delivering and developing a service that meets the needs of the local community.”

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