Have your say on council proposals to cut homelessness support

Take part in Kent County Council’s online consultation

You have a chance to make your views known about Kent County Council proposals to cut a major homelessness service that works with some of the county’s most vulnerable people.

The council could cut the Kent Homeless Connect service, delivered by Porchlight and other organisations, in September.

The council is asking for members of the public to share their thoughts on this by taking part in an online consultation. The consultation runs until Monday, 6 June.

What is Kent Homeless Connect and why is it needed?

Kent Homeless Connect works with people who have complex needs which have caused them to become homeless or put them at risk of becoming so. Ending this service would mean:

  • funding for the housing and support people need to escape the streets will go
  • protection measures for people who are in bad housing or face losing their home will disappear.

With the pandemic and cost of living crisis pushing Kent residents to breaking point, the support that Kent Homeless Connect provides is needed more than ever.

Why has the proposal been made?

We know Kent County Council is facing some very difficult decisions to balance its budget. Ending the Kent Homeless Connect service is one way it could reduce costs.

But we know the need for this service hasn’t gone away. In fact, we’re seeing a rise in the number of people with very complex needs who require specialist housing and support to move away from homelessness.

We want to do everything we can to show Kent County Council the human cost of cutting this service. We’re also working with the council and other partners to ensure that, whatever happens, the housing and support needs of some of Kent's most vulnerable people continue to be met.