£5m for ‘rough sleeping hubs’
The government has revealed a £5 million fund to invest in what it calls ‘rough sleeping hubs’ which will lead to ‘thousands of vulnerable people’ getting ‘the specialist support they need’.
Announced today by communities secretary James Brokenshire, the fund, which is part of the government’s £100m rough sleeping strategy, will pay for the creation of 11 ‘Somewhere Safe to Stay centres’ across England.
MP Brokenshire said: ‘No one should ever have to face a night on the streets, and as a government we are taking steps to ensure people are never faced with this as their only option. These are vulnerable people, who may be dealing with complex mental health problems or addictions and require specialist help to tackle these issues and turn their lives around.
‘That’s why these vital new hubs will ensure those on the streets have access to professional help and guidance to start their recovery.’
The first hubs will launch in Brighton & Hove, Bristol, Cheshire West & Chester, Derby, Gloucestershire, Lincoln, Liverpool, Medway, Nottingham, Preston, and West London.
Howard Sinclair, chief executive of homeless charity St Mungo’s, said: ‘St Mungo’s is very pleased to be involved in the Somewhere Safe to Stay pilots. These will offer much needed emergency shelter where people in crisis can have their needs assessed urgently away from the extreme dangers of sleeping on the streets.’