Rachel has welcomed a further £105 million to support councils in ensuring that people currently accommodated in emergency accommodation do not return to the streets.
In March, the Government asked councils to place all rough sleepers in emergency accommodation. As a result, there are nearly 15,000 people accommodated in emergency accommodation, including those who have come directly from the streets, people previously housed in shared night shelters and people who have become vulnerable to homelessness and rough sleeping during the pandemic.
This additional funding will be used to support these rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness into tenancies of their own, including through help with deposits for accommodation, and securing thousands of alternative rooms already available and ready for use, such as student accommodation.
This new funding takes the total amount provided this year by Government to support rough sleepers and those on the brink of becoming homeless to over half a billion pounds.
A further £16 million is also being provided so that vulnerable people currently in emergency accommodation can access they specialist help they need for substance misuse issues, in order to rebuild their lives and move towards work and education.
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.”
The Government is committed to ending rough sleeping by the end of this Parliament, and has taken unprecedented steps to protect thousands of vulnerable rough sleepers and those at risk of becoming homeless through the pandemic, including:
- Working collaboratively across Government, and with councils, health providers and charities, to offer emergency accommodation to almost 15,000 vulnerable people known to councils at the beginning of the pandemic.
- Accelerating plans to put in place over 6,000 new supported homes as a landmark commitment to end rough sleeping – backed by £433 million of Government funding – with 3,300 of these becoming available in the next 12 months.
- An initial £3.2 million given to councils at the beginning of the pandemic so they could take immediate action to support rough sleepers off the streets, and a further £3.2 billion of additional funding to help with the immediate pressures councils are facing.
- The creation of the new Rough Sleeping Taskforce – led by Dame Louise Casey – which will lead the next phase of the Government’s support for rough sleepers during the pandemic.