James Brokenshire has announced that 83 areas will share £30 million to boost the immediate support available to people living on the streets and help them into accommodation.
The Housing Secretary said that the councils across England with the highest numbers of rough sleepers will receive a share of the funding to increase the support they are able to offer people now and also during the coming winter. The funding will be used to provide an 1,750 additional bed spaces for rough sleepers and an additional 531 dedicated homelessness workers.
Councils will be supported by the government’s new Rough Sleeping Initiative Team consisting of experts from the sector with a proven track record of successfully helping rough sleepers and preventing those at risk from becoming homeless.
Among the 83 areas, Camden will receive £870,000 for a significant expansion of their outreach team to deliver targeted street interventions focusing on hot spot areas, as well as new staff to support rough sleepers to keep their own accommodation. Additionally, Cornwall will receive over £430,000 for crisis hostel accommodation, cold weather provision and support for the most disengaged rough sleepers with chronic needs, while Manchester City Council will receive £418,000 to fund specialist staff to work with young rough sleepers and offenders and provide additional night shelter beds and supported hostel beds.
Brokenshire said: “No one should ever have to sleep rough. I am determined that more people living on the streets and those at risk this coming winter get the help they need now. That’s why I am making £30 million available that will help councils boost the immediate support they are able to offer. Whether this pays for more beds or more outreach workers this will make a real difference now. Many challenging factors lie behind rough sleeping, from mental health problems to addiction and our long-term strategy to be published this summer will outline how we plan to tackle them and eliminate rough sleeping for good.”
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