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Discrimination against homeless people with pets

Request Description

Please tell me, what is the council's position on this issue? Does our council provide emergency housing for people with dogs? Do we provide council housing for people with dogs? If so, what percentage of our emergency and council housing allows dogs? And what quantity of our emergency accommodation and council houses allow dogs?

Request Date15  February 2016
Requested byIndividual
Released Date  

 15 February 2016

Response

The council emergency accommodation is for those homeless persons in priority need and to whom we have a housing duty.  This is effectively people with children or people with significant health issues, who are in emergency accommodation for an average of 14 weeks .  Our emergency accommodation isn't suitable for bringing animals (not just dogs) into that environment.  Where we have persons with animals who have difficulty in finding alternative arrangements for their pets, for example leaving them with family for a short time, we direct them to the RSPCA to try to ensure that the animals are cared for while they are in our emergency accommodation.

The council does not retain any housing stock, housing stock in East Herts is held by Housing Associations.  There is no single policy regarding pets, individual associations apply restrictions to individual properties

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