Leeds secures funding for five-bed ‘stay safe’ hub for women

LEEDS City Council has successfully bid for funding to establish a stay safe hub for women that will provide five emergency beds.

The funding request has been approved by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, the council says, and should mean around £120,000 will be available to provide the new facility.

“We welcome news that our funding application for a Stay Safe Hub for women has been successful. It will enable us to provide five additional emergency access beds for females and develop this facility in Leeds,” said Councillor Debra Coupar, the city council’s executive member for communities.

“It complements our street support work to help rough sleepers, and those at risk of rough sleeping, access the support and settled housing they need to leave the streets for good.”

The bid led by Leeds City Council secured the funding from the Government’s Rapid Rehousing Pathway, a key part of the approach to ensure those who sleep rough, or are at risk of rough sleeping, rapidly get the support they need, from the streets through to sustained accommodation.

The council said that details of the scheme will now be confirmed, adding it hopes to see the provision made available by the summer.

The hub will provide a safe environment away from the street. During a short stay, clients will be fully assessed and have a personal plan designed to alleviate their housing situation and reduce the likelihood of them rough sleeping in the future.

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