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Government cash announced to help reduce rough sleeping in our region

Councils across the East Midlands to will share £6.9 million of funding to combat Rough Sleeping.

The government claims the scheme will create up to 512 bed spaces and 200 support staff across the region.

The funding will also help provide a further 200 support staff in the East Midlands.  

Homelessness Minister Luke Hall MP said: “No-one should have to face a night on the street, and we have a moral duty to support those who need help the most. It is encouraging to see more people getting the support they need, but there is always more to do.

“There are people all over the East Midlands working tirelessly to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in our society. Our Rough Sleeping Initiative is proving to be successful, and this funding will mean this vital work can be continued as we set out to end rough sleeping once and for all.”

The funding will be used by councils to:

  • Create street-based services including outreach teams who will locate and support rough sleepers directly on the streets and offer them access to services;
  • Establish first stage accommodation such as hostels, Somewhere Safe to Stay hubs and emergency access beds which provide warm and dry shelter, rapid assessment, and support to people who are already - or at risk of - sleeping rough;
  • Set up housing support and housing-led solutions providing stable, affordable accommodation and intensive wrap-around support to help people who are sleeping rough recover from complex issues and sustain their tenancies;
  • Introduce specialist support workers including Rough Sleeping Coordinators, navigators, and specialist health and care staff.

 

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