The government will match £15m in funding from Big Society Capital to deliver 200 homes for rough sleepers as part of a new pilot scheme.
Councils in England will be able to use the £203m to support projects such as night shelters and mental health and addiction services.
Councils have been invited to bid for the funding which aims to help them provide “long-term” accommodation for rough sleepers.
Almost nine times as many people were helped by Everyone In than MHCLG’s rough sleeping estimates, the Public Accounts Committee has found.
The number of people helped by the government’s Everyone In scheme ‘far exceeded’ previous rough sleeping estimates, the NAO found.
Councils are being asked to try to accommodate all rough sleepers while the eviction ban has been extended to 21 February.
Councils could have the ‘difficult choice’ of leaving rough sleepers outside this winter or placing them in unsafe communal shelters, the LGA has said.
The Protect Programme, which will run until March 2021, will help areas that need additional funding to support rough sleepers during the winter.
The government has announced its allocations to councils and RPs to help provide accommodation for rough sleepers housed during COVID-19.
The government has announced measures to help councils and charities keep rough sleepers safe from COVID-19 and cold weather this winter.