Further funding for councils to help rough sleepers

The government has announced provisional allocations of a £34 million fund to provide local support for those living on the streets.

Following on from the recent launch of its Rough Sleeping Strategy, rough sleepers will receive further support after the government set out plans to fund 83 areas with the highest numbers of people at risk over the next two years, with funding allocated to councils to back on-going initiatives in their area.

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said: “Our Rough Sleeping Strategy set out the blueprint to end rough sleeping by 2027. Now, we are vigorously taking the steps to make that happen. The funding through our Rough Sleeping Initiative is already making a real difference in helping support those off the streets into services and accommodation this year. But there is still work to do and that’s why we are supporting these areas with further funding to ensure progress continues to be made and vulnerable people are supported into services and accommodation.”

Martin Tett, Local Government Association Housing spokesman, said: “This funding is a positive step towards helping councils, who are dealing with rising levels of rough sleeping in their communities, to effectively support people experiencing street homelessness by providing the resources to help them into supported housing and to prevent it from occurring in the first place.

“That preventative approach is essential towards helping people out of homelessness and into a secure form of housing, which is why we have to tackle the root causes of homelessness by adapting welfare reforms and enabling all councils to address our national housing shortage, through being able to borrow to build new homes. Only by triggering the renaissance in council house-building that we need can we put in place the long-term reforms that will help make homelessness a thing of the past.”

The finance is an extension of the £30 million provided to councils in June through the Rough Sleeping Initiative Fund.

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