NPSS supports local authorities and their partners to deliver early intervention and prevention focused housing options services.
In April 2013, the National Practitioner Support Service (NPSS) was established to support local authorities to meet the 10 Local Challenges set out in the ‘Making every contact count’ report, which had been published the previous year by the Ministerial Working Group on Homelessness. Whilst set within the framework of the ‘Gold Standard Programme,’ the support NPSS provides to local authorities covers a wide spectrum with a common goal; the improvement of frontline housing and homelessness services with a view to increasing opportunities for the early intervention and prevention of homelessness.
The credibility of the National Practitioner Support Service comes from the experience of the team; all of whom are practitioners on secondment from local authorities across the country and who remain embedded in local services. This recognises local authorities’ preference for a local approach with national delivery.
The Enhanced Housing Register (EHR) module:
- Based with the same intuitive principles as Housing Jigsaw
- Online, customer focused application with officer and manager dashboards
- Automatic banding/pointing of applications
- Supports a significant reduction in administration for the local authority
The Advert To Let Allocations System (ATLAS) module includes:
- Advertising and lettings (replacing current outdated CBL modules)
- Allocation and lettings (including direct lets, allocating to PRS, TA, management transfers and supported housing)
- Supported housing gateway management (managed allocations and lettings within a supported housing priority system)
- Commissioning outcomes monitoring and reporting (for example rough sleeper outreach and domestic abuse support services)
19th September 2017 - The NPSS Homelessness Reduction Act toolkit and letter templates pack are now available in the PRACTITIONER RESOURCES section of our website.
8th August 2017 - The DCLG has confirmed that it is their intention for the Homelessness Reduction Act to be implemented from 1st April 2018.
To view a copy of the letter sent to LAs by Marcus Jones MP CLICK HERE
The new prevention and relief duties brought in by the Homelessness Reduction Act will be subject to review – however we understand that the existing review regulations will not apply to the new rights to review – the Minister has confirmed that regulations will be laid in the winter.
The National Practitioner Support Service is pleased to share with you a joint briefing aimed at supporting local authorities to develop homelessness prevention solutions. This briefing was developed in partnership with colleagues from the Chartered Institute of Housing.
NPSS would like to take the opportunity to thank the many local authorities who contributed to this briefing through their ongoing work to provide early intervention and prevention based services.CLICK HERE AND DOWNLOAD PDF