THE Government has offered a £25 million funding boost for schemes across the country that provide support for people sleeping rough.
The money, announced by communities secretary James Brokenshire MP, will be shared between 108 local authorities across the country.
It will be used to fund “innovative” local schemes that aim to support people in their transition from life on the streets into stable accommodation, where they can receive care tailored to their needs.
“We are taking steps to ensure people never have to face even one night on the streets,” said Brokenshire. “These are vulnerable people, who may be dealing with complex mental health problems or addictions and require specialist support to tackle these issues and turn their lives around.
“The funding confirmed today will ensure those sleeping on the streets have access to the professional help and guidance they need to get back on their feet – taking us one step closer to ending rough sleeping for good.”
According to the Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG), this will include:
- 20 new “Somewhere Safe to Stay” rough sleeping centres, where people on the streets can access professional help and guidance, including immediate shelter and mental health support
- Over 130 navigator posts. These are specialist support workers who direct people to the services they need, such as counselling, housing advice, mental health support or substance misuse services
- 61 supported lettings schemes, helping people to secure tenancies in properties that they may not otherwise be able to access
- 30 dedicated local letting agencies. These are specialist agencies that support vulnerable people into affordable and stable accommodation
This latest announcement is part of the Government’s £100 million Rough Sleeping Strategy, which sets out plans to support thousands of people off the street and end rough sleeping for good.
The 20 new rough sleeping centres will build upon 11 announced in December last year, bringing the total to 31.
This also follows the confirmation of £46 million for councils over the next year – including the 83 areas with the highest number of rough sleepers –to support people in their area off the streets and into secure accommodation, where they can get the help they need to rebuild their lives.
Councils will use this investment to create an estimated additional 2,600 beds and 750 support staff, MHCLG added.