£30m fund aimed at help­ing the home­less

Glossop Advertiser - - News - Paul Britton

EX­PERT ‘rough sleep­ing teams’ could be drafted into Manch­ester un­der a na­tional gov- ern­ment drive to tackle home­less­ness.

Com­mu­ni­ties Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid has re­vealed de­tails of a £30m cam­paign as the Home- less­ness Re­duc­tion Act comes into force in early April.

Lo­cal author­ity ar­eas with high num­bers of peo­ple sleep­ing rough, like Manch­ester, would be tar­geted and fund­ing will be made avail­able to town halls.

The govern­ment said the teams would be made up of rough sleep­ing and home­less­ness ex­perts drawn from, and funded by, govern­ment de­part­ments and agen­cies with ex­pert knowl­edge across ar­eas in­clud­ing hous­ing, men­tal health and ad­dic­tion.

They would work with coun­cils to ‘de­velop tai­lored lo­cal in­ter­ven­tions’ to re­duce the num­bers of peo­ple sleep­ing on the streets, Mr Javid said. The £30m fund will run un­til 2019, but the govern­ment said more fund­ing to 2020 has been agreed.

The Easter an­nounce­ment will com­ple­ment work al­ready un­der­way to tackle the grow­ing prob­lem in Greater Manch­ester

Manch­ester coun­cil is due to plough more than £3m ex­tra into its home­less­ness ser­vice from next month, with Greater Manch­ester Mayor Andy Burn­ham’s home­less­ness fund sup­port­ing front­line projects. The govern­ment has com­mit­ted to halv­ing rough sleep­ing by 2022 and ‘elim­i­nat­ing’ it al­to­gether by 2027.

Fig­ures re­leased in Jan­uary re­vealed rough sleep­ing in Manch­ester had rock­eted 13-fold since 2010.

At the same time, the num­bers of peo­ple on the brink of home­less­ness – in­clud­ing those need­ing tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion – have also shot up.

The an­nounce­ment also de­tailed £100,000 of fund­ing to sup­port and train ‘front­line rough sleep­ing work­ers’ across the coun­try deal­ing with the most vul­ner­a­ble rough sleep­ers.

The Com­mu­ni­ties Sec­re­tary said: “This win­ter has trag­i­cally claimed the lives of a num­ber of peo­ple sleep­ing on the streets. This is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able in mod­ern Brit- ain. .No one should ever have to sleep rough and this govern­ment is de­ter­mined to break the home­less­ness cy­cle once and for all.

“Tack­ling the causes of rough sleep­ing is com­plex but we must do all we can - work­ing across cen­tral and lo­cal govern­ment, the vol­un­tary and char­ity sec­tor - to help the most vul­ner­a­ble in so­ci­ety and elim­i­nate rough sleep­ing.”

The Home­less­ness Re­duc­tion Act places new du­ties on coun­cils to prevent and re­lieve home­less­ness.

Home­less in the city cen­tre dur­ing re­cent freez­ing con­di­tions

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