Over 130 charities set to benefit from £6m following a successful bidding process

Two Bedford Borough charities supporting vulnerable rough sleepers will be able to continue their vital work afer successful bids for a share of government funding.

King’s Arms Project and Emmaus Village Carlton are among the 132 charities awarded a share of £6m of government funding announced by the Homelessness Minister Luke Hall today (Sunday 7 June 2020).

The funding is to help the charities to continue to support those experiencing homelessness during coronavirus and beyond. This includes providing beds for those who need it as well as the specialist physical and mental health help they need to recover from life on the streets.

The funding is part of a £750m package of government support for UK charities who may have been impacted by the pandemic, £360m of which is dedicated to offering a lifeline to charities working to end homelessness.

Homelessness Minister Luke Hall said:

“The staggering effort between councils and charities across the country has ensured that over 90 percent of rough sleepers known to councils at the start of the pandemic have been offered safe accommodation. This work has helped to protect thousands of lives.

“This money will help charities continue to support these people and ensure they are getting everything they need to prevent them from returning to a life on the streets so they can rebuild their lives once and for all.”

This announcement builds on the recent government commitment to provide thousands of long-term, safe homes for vulnerable rough sleepers taken off the streets during the pandemic.

To ensure that the funds were shared fairly, the process was managed independently by Homeless Link. Homeless Link is the national membership charity for frontline homelessness services.

It works to improve services through research, guidance and learning. It also campaigns for policy change that will ensure that everyone has a place to call home and the support they need to keep it.

Rick Henderson, chief executive of Homeless Link, added:

“This emergency funding will enable them to keep running their vital services, from specialist support for women, those experiencing domestic violence and young people, to providing hot meals or upskilling people experiencing homelessness – to name just a few.”