Rough sleepers in Redditch and across Worcestershire who were housed during the pandemic will be helped to stay in accommodation this year thanks to new Government funding.

274 local councils will share £91.5 million of Government funding to ensure interim accommodation and support for the most vulnerable people.

In a joint bid by all six of Worcestershire’s district councils, they have been allocated £445,735 in total from this new funding.

It will be used to help people into the private rented sector, secure interim accommodation such as supported housing, and assess the wider support they need in order to rebuild their lives.

This funding is on top of the £672,308 Worcestershire received back in January from the Government’s Rough Sleeping Initiative.

Rachel said:

“Redditch Borough Council has done an outstanding job in getting rough sleepers of the streets and into emergency accommodation during this pandemic. Their hard work & dedication has ensured all rough sleepers in Redditch are housed.

“This new funding announced by the Government will be used to support the rough sleepers in Redditch who have been placed in emergency accommodation. This will include helping them to secure tenancies of their own, including through help with deposits for accommodation, and securing thousands of alternative rooms already available and ready for use.

“This funding will ensure we continue to make huge strides in this Government’s determination to end rough sleeping by the end of this Parliament.”