A further funding boost for Redditch Borough Council will help support the homeless and those at risk of losing their homes.

The Borough Council has received £314,926 from the Government’s Homelessness Prevention Grant.

This new funding will support households in Redditch who are homeless or at risk of losing their home. The council will use the funding to help them find a new home, access support for unexpected evictions and secure temporary accommodation where needed.

This underlines the Government’s commitment to ensure people at risk of becoming homeless, across the country, get help more quickly.

Since the Homelessness Reduction Act came into force in 2018, over 400,000 households have been successfully prevented from losing their homes or supported into settled accommodation, with rough sleeping levels falling 37% between 2019 and 2020.

The Homelessness Prevention Grant is on top of the recently-announced £66 million to provide rough sleepers with safe and warm accommodation and drug and alcohol treatment services this winter, and £65 million support package for vulnerable renters struggling due to the impact of the pandemic. Overall, the Government is investing £2 billion over the next three years to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping.

Since 2019, Redditch and Worcestershire has received £1.7 million in total as part of the Government’s plan to end rough sleeping by 2027.

Rachel said:

“This new funding will directly support my constituents in Redditch that need it most.

“The Borough Council will be able to prevent homelessness before it occurs and put a roof over the heads of those who have lost their homes.”