I am pleased to introduce you to the Council’s Homelessness Strategy 2014 – 2019. Brighton and Hove is in the middle of a perfect housing storm. House prices and private sector rents are rising rapidly to the point where both are beyond the pockets of many on modest incomes and housing associations are building very little affordable rented housing. As a result, homelessness is rising in the city. The council’s homelessness team dealt with 1,444 homeless applications in the last year, and the latest street homelessness count revealed that 132 people are sleeping rough on the streets of Brighton. This Strategy is the culmination of a great deal of hard work by many people and seeks to set the agenda for the next five years - building on the years of experience of the many people who contribute to planning and service delivery to some of our most vulnerable residents. Homelessness is not just a housing department issue. It is not just a council issue. It affects every council department, health, police and court services. Each year thousands of residents approach the council, voluntary and other public sector services, in need of advice to prevent homelessness or seek support to find an alternative home. Homelessness can affect anyone at any time and sometimes very unexpectedly.