Councils awarded a share of funding to help people off the streets
Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils have secured Government funding to help people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless.
The funding was announced by the Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP on 25 March 2019.
This fund, totally £46million to be shared across the country, forms part of the government’s £100 million Rough Sleeping Strategy. It will be used to fund rough sleeping coordinator roles, add new or additional outreach services and extend existing or provide new temporary accommodation.
This includes night shelters and hostel spaces. And theere is also an opportunity to provide housing-led solutions such as Housing First services.
Bedford Borough Council is to receive £383,323 and Central Bedfordshire will get £120,000.
Central Bedfordshire Council
The £120,000 awarded to Central Bedfordshire Council from the Government’s Rough Sleeper Initiative, together with council funding, will pay for the vital outreach work that will support people to get off the streets and to somewhere safe, clean and that can support them to secure their own home.
Julie Ogley, director of Social Care, Health and Housing at Central Bedfordshire said:
“I’m delighted that we’ve managed to secure this additional funding as it will help to make a real difference to those who need our support.
“This is hot off the heels of our survey asking for feedback about our support for homeless people so we can improve. We are committed to helping those who most need our support and plan to launch the new outreach service in a couple of months.”
Bedford Borough Council
Cllr Anthony Forth, portfolio holder for Bedford Borough Council’s Adult Services and Operational Housing, said:
“The Council with its partners provides a wide range of services to help the most vulnerable in our society. This ranges from accommodation, to outreach workers proactively engaging with people, to Clarence House which provides supported housing for the most vulnerable people with complex needs, and recently celebrated its first birthday.
“The most recent Rough Sleeper Count saw the number of people sleeping rough in Bedford Borough had reduced by a third in one year, but we are not complacent and will keep working with our partners to provide support, accommodation and help to individuals who need it.”