More funding to reduce rough sleeping

New Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has awarded funding to Greater Manchester, Liverpool and the West Midlands to help the regions reduce rough sleeping.

The funding will contribute towards new pilot projects in Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region and the West Midlands Combined Authority, which will offer individuals intensive support to recover from complex health issues and sustain their tenancies.

The pilot projects will be based on Housing First, a tried and tested approach to supporting rough sleepers into long-term accommodation. Housing First projects in Europe have been successful at ending homelessness for at least 80 per cent of people in the scheme, compared to hostel-based accommodation which has resulted in between 40 per cent and 60 per cent of users with complex needs leaving, or ejected, before their homelessness is resolved.

Brokenshire said: “The evidence shows Housing First has an incredible rate of success in providing rough sleepers with the support they need to get off the streets and to rebuild their lives. We are investing over £1.2 billion to break the homelessness cycle, but we know there’s more to do to help people off the streets for good. This is why the government is leading the way in implementing Housing First in England. I believe these pilots will have a positive impact in their areas and I look forward to hearing about their successes over the coming months.”

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