Worcestershire is set to receive more than half a million pounds in Government funding to help get rough sleepers off the streets and into accommodation.

Yesterday (January 28th), Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP announced councils will receive a share of funding from the £112 million Rough Sleeping Initiative.

This funding is a 30% increase this year and will be used by local authorities, charities and other organisations to fund up to 6,000 new bed spaces and 2,500 support staff across the country.

As part of this announcement, Worcestershire will receive a share of £672,308 which will help vulnerable rough sleepers in Redditch and across the county to get the support they need to rebuild their lives.

The Rough Sleeping Initiative was launched in 2018 to ensure local areas were given the boost they needed to provide these vital services for those living on the streets.

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 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

In welcoming this new funding, Rachel said:

“No one wants to see anyone sleeping rough on our streets, and I know here in Redditch the council has been working hard to ensure everyone is offered accommodation.

“I’ve worked with front line services to understand more about rough sleeping in our area, and I know how complex each case is. People need individualised, tailored and long term support. This new funding will help bolster our council’s efforts and continue the vital work they’re doing in supporting those who find themselves homeless.

 “These efforts locally, as well as across the country, have already led to the first nationwide fall in rough sleeping in a decade – and the areas funded by our Rough Sleeping Initiative have seen rough sleeping numbers fall around a third more than they would be without this vital programme. This funding will allow this work to continue as we set out to end rough sleeping once and for all.”