Eleven areas in the South West of England are among 83 areas nationally that have secured funding to support people living on the streets and help them into accommodation. The areas are:
o Bath and North East Somerset £300,563
o Bristol £583,202
o Cornwall £437,489
o Exeter £481,600
o Mendip £150,000
o North Devon £285,948
o Plymouth £363,280
o Swindon £231,590
o Taunton £231,590
o Torbay £279,785 and
o Wiltshire £312,245
The funding, which is provided by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, will be used to provide an additional 1,750 additional bed spaces for rough sleepers and an additional 531 dedicated homelessness workers. The funding will also help improve the co-ordination of services available to those in need and at risk.
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.
Next month the government will publish its long-term Rough Sleeping Strategy that has been developed in partnership with charities and local government. It will set out a comprehensive plan to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminate it entirely by 2027 by ensuring those sleeping rough have appropriate routes away from the streets – and prevent them from sleeping rough in the first place.
Further information, including details of all 83 areas to be awarded funding, is available on the GOV.UK website.