The Minister also called on people to respond to the consultation when he spoke at a major housing event in Cardiff hosted by the Chartered Institute of Housing for housing professionals, developers, tenants and others later in the day.
Loserville, a film funded through the Welsh Government’s Homelessness Grant Programme to the sum of £30,000 and shown on BBC Wales in March, was created as part of a project led by Newport Film School. It trains young people who have experienced homelessness to become peer educators who go into schools and other youth settings, show the film and lead discussions focusing on the choices the characters made and the implications of those choices.
The groundbreaking project has also received support from the Local Authority Homeless Network, Shelter Cymru and voluntary organisations working in youth homelessness and has been widely acclaimed by those trying to help young people make informed housing choices.
The White Paper for Better Lives and Communities, which was published for consultation in May, outlines the Welsh Government’s proposed legislative and non-legislative action on housing in Wales and lays the foundations for the Housing Bill, which will be introduced in 2013.
In addition to measures to tackle homelessness,it also sets out how the Welsh Government aims to end family homelessness in Wales by 2019, and ensure better help is available for those who become homeless.
Speaking at the CIH Big Question, the Minister said:
"This morning I met young people who have all experienced homelessness and are now working to help prevent it. We owe it to these young people and all others who are in need of affordable, decent homes that suit their circumstances to get our legislation and all our other activity right. Although we worked with several stakeholder groups in preparing the White Paper, I am still keen to hear from as many people as possible and would therefore urge everybody with an interest in housing to share their views on the housing White Paper."