Rough sleepers supported with £212m investment in homes

Government is rolling out more support for rough sleepers
Government is rolling out more support for rough sleepers

The Government is investing in thousands of homes to help homeless people rebuild their lives. Housing across all regions of England will help both those currently homeless or at high risk of homelessness secure long-term accomodation.

Everybody on the scheme will be supported by specialist staff to provide holistic support for those in debt, with addictions, health issues or relationship breakdowns. Job seeking assistance and training will also be provided to help the homeless secure long-term homes and get back on track

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is leading a drive to eliminate rough sleeping by the end of this Parliament and this new funding will really help boost the numbers.

Housing Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:

Since the start of the pandemic, we made it a priority to protect rough sleepers through our ongoing Everyone In campaign, which has supported more than 26,000 people into long-term accommodation.

To build on this progress we are making the biggest ever investment in longer-term accommodation for rough sleepers so they can have a secure, safe and comfortable home and rebuild their lives.

Councils have played an outstanding role in protecting rough sleepers throughout the pandemic and today’s funding is a further opportunity to work together to achieve our mission of ending rough sleeping once and for all.

Data published last month has shown that rough sleeping has fallen 43% since it hit a peak in 2017 but there is still so much more to do.

If you encounter somebody homeless, encourage them to register with their local authority or make a report on Streetlink (you can stay anonymous if you wish) so they can get help, temporary accommodation and hopefully support into a permanent home.

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