Rough sleepers - additional funding from Bedford Borough Council Photo by Randy Jacob on Unsplash

More support services for rough sleepers in Bedford Borough

Bedford Borough Council has announced a range of additional services to support rough sleepers.

The Council consistently works with partners and the third sector to provide support to those who are rough sleeping, from the Rough Sleeper Outreach which goes out to try to engage people into accepting support, to Clarence House which opened recently to provide supported housing for the most vulnerable people with complex needs.

This additional funding will allow the Council, working with the third sector, to employ six additional support workers to provide both outreach support and ongoing support once people are housed. It will also fund a Rough Sleeper Co-Ordinator post, to ensure that the Council, third sector and other stakeholders work in collaboration to deliver the most effective and efficient service, providing maximum impact in relation to those rough sleeping.

As well as this support, thirty-two additional units of accommodation will be provided with this funding and four units of accommodation for those who have no recourse to public funds.

Finally, this funding will enable more beds to be provided over the winter in addition to the Council’s work with The Salvation Army to provide emergency beds as part of the Severe Weather Provision during the coldest winter spells.

This additional support has been made possible following a successful bid for £307,000 from Government to provide support for those rough sleeping, and to help them get into accommodation.

Cllr Anthony Forth Image: Bedford Borough Council

Portfolio Holder for Adult Services and Operational Housing, Cllr Anthony Forth, said:

“We work to provide support to those sleeping rough in Bedford Borough, and are constantly looking for ways to improve this support. The award of this funding will allow us to provide more support, accommodation, and emergency beds in addition to the wide-ranging support already provided locally.”