THE Government has announced it will offer a further £1 million of funding to help support homeless veterans.
As well as helping those who have become homeless, it is also intended to support those who are at risk of becoming so.
The fund is to be shared among the 10 combined authorities and the Greater London Authority, which will be able to use the funding to provide veterans with the bespoke support they need.
Money could also be used to direct former soldiers to existing specialist support services on offer, said the Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG).
This includes access to supported housing and training for staff on mental health issues, including PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and how to support those former service personnel who may initially be reluctant to receive help.
“Our veterans play a vital role in keeping our country safe and many have dedicated their lives to the services,” said communities secretary, James Brokenshire MP. “For those who fall on hard times and end up on the street, it is only right that we give them all the support they need to put a roof over their head.
“Local authorities across the country already provide much needed support for veterans, but this boost will allow them to go further and ensure that more people have access to valuable services, such as housing advice or mental health support.
“This additional funding goes hand in hand with the £1.2 billion which has been set aside to tackle all forms of homelessness, including £100 million for rough sleeping, helping ensure everyone has a safe and secure home to call their own, regardless of their background.”
Defence secretary, Gavin Williamson added: “The vast majority of those leaving the Armed Forces go on to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives, but it’s right that we support those who struggle.
“One veteran on the street is one too many and I welcome today’s announcement on funding to address homelessness and rough sleeping.
“This, along with the support we already provide through the Veteran Gateway, underlines our commitment to helping those who have served our country.”