More homes for rough sleepers

£150 million of funding has been announced to help people at risk of homelessness into stable, long-term accommodation.

46 local authorities, housing providers, and charities across England will be able to build or buy 1,230 homes for the most vulnerable.

The money will also be used to fund a range of accommodation and support services for vulnerable adults, including purpose-built accommodation and supported housing, as well as helping with building repairs and renovations.

The new services will also include 24/7 support for the most vulnerable, with access to specialist teams where people can address substance misuse, domestic violence and abuse or improve their wellbeing and mental health.

Felicity Buchan, minister for housing and homelessness said: "Everyone deserves a safe place to call home. This is why we are so committed to supporting the most vulnerable in our society and helping them off the streets for good.

"This funding will not only provide housing for rough sleepers but will also give tailored support to help those most in need off the streets, rebuild their lives, and begin to live independently.

"Funding has been targeted at areas where it is needed the most – this includes £9.9 million to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, over £6.4 million to Leeds County Council, and £5.2 million to Manchester Council."

Deputy mayor of London for housing and residential development, Tom Copley, said: "I’m extremely pleased that we’ve secured over £50 million to support local councils to build more homes and deliver vital support services to people sleeping rough in London.  

"This will make a real and lasting difference for hundreds of people in our capital, ranging from those recovering from addiction, to young people at risk of homelessness.

"No-one should have to sleep rough on our streets and the Mayor is doing everything in his power to ensure that everyone in this position gets the support they need.

"The fifth and final bidding round for the Single Homelessness Accommodation Programme is underway now, and final allocations will be announced early next year."

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