Government finds £46m to get rough sleepers into accommodation


The government has come up with a rather sizable £46 million to help get people off the streets and into accommodation.

Seasoned announcer and communities secretary James Brokenshire has today revealed that local authorities across the land will receive a share of the fund, which will apparently be used to pay for ‘rough sleeping coordinator roles, add new or additional outreach services and extend existing or provide new temporary accommodation’.

The money forms part of the government’s £100m Rough Sleeping Strategy and is additionally earmarked to be used on things like night shelters and hostel spaces, while ‘there is also an opportunity to provide housing-led solutions such as Housing First services’.

The ever-hopeful government estimates that the money will pay for:

  • 110 rough sleeping coordinators to improve local handing of the issue
  • 300 outreach workers
  • 350 other support and specialist roles
  • over 1,400 new emergency bed spaces, including winter night shelter provision
  • over 700 new long-term beds, including in the private rented sector and supported housing
  • more than 500 new temporary spaces

It’s forecast that some projects will provide specialist support such as family reconnections, immigration advice or access to mental and physical health services, while others will focus on delivering services for specific groups of people, such as vulnerable women.

MP Brokenshire MP had nothing additional to say. Only joking. He said: ‘The £100 million-backed Rough Sleeping Strategy sets out this government’s blueprint for ending rough sleeping for good.

‘We are taking the necessary steps to make that happen, already providing 2,600 additional beds and 750 more support staff for the most vulnerable people in our society.

‘But we must keep up the momentum and that’s why we are giving this funding to areas and projects that need it, ensuring progress continues to be made and people are given the help they need to turn their lives around.’

As ever, here’s a link to the government’s press release.


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