200 homes planned for rough sleepers in London

The Mayor of London has confirmed plans for up to 200 homes to help former rough sleepers and victims of domestic abuse leave hostels and refuges.

Sadiq Khan’s ‘move-on’ homes programme hopes to have the first wave of houses available this Autumn, with the first two contracts totalling up to £25 million have now been awarded to providers One Housing Group and Resonance Real Lettings Property Fund, who will deliver 115 homes and up to 75 homes respectively.

Residents will be provided with support including for mental health issues, financial management, help finding employment, education or training opportunities, and referrals to other agencies.

Khan said: “Once former rough sleepers and victims of domestic abuse have received the immediate support they need, the next priority is helping them move on from hostels and refuges into somewhere safe and stable to live. These homes will offer a vital stepping stone as they are supported to live more independently and move on with their lives. It is now crucial the government urgently funds longer-term accommodation for former rough sleepers and victims of domestic abuse.”

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