COUNCILS across the country are being offered the chance to share £46 million of Government funding intended to help rough sleepers get off the streets and into accommodation.
The money, announced by communities secretary James Brokenshire MP, forms part of the Government’s £100 million Rough Sleeping Strategy.
According to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG), the funding will be used to pay for rough sleeping coordinator roles, add new or additional outreach services and extend existing or provide new temporary accommodation.
Included in this funding is £34 million for the 83 Rough Sleeping Areas and an additional £12 million for other areas of the country.
“The £100 million-backed Rough Sleeping Strategy sets out this Government’s blueprint for ending rough sleeping for good,” said Brokenshire.
“We are taking the necessary steps to make that happen, already providing 2,600 additional beds and 750 more support staff for the most vulnerable people in our society.
“But we must keep up the momentum and that’s why we are giving this funding to areas and projects that need it, ensuring progress continues to be made and people are given the help they need to turn their lives around.”
Across all areas, MHCLG estimates that the money will provide funding for up to:
- 110 rough sleeping coordinators to improve local handling of the issue
- 300 outreach workers
- 350 other support and specialist roles
- Over 1,400 new emergency bed spaces, including winter night shelter provision
- Over 700 new long-term beds, including in the private rented sector and supported housing
- More than 500 new temporary spaces, through hostels for example
- Over £2.5 million for spot-purchasing beds and increasing access to accommodation
Some projects will provide specialist support such as family reconnections, immigration advice or access to mental and physical health services.
Others will focus on providing services for specific groups of people, such as vulnerable women, those transitioning from leaving care or people trying to get their life back on track after leaving prison.