Mea­sures to help rough sleep­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - The Hump’s Been Shrunk -

Coun­cil’s mea­sures to help home­less

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil says it has a range of proac­tive mea­sures such as a leas­ing scheme of 74 prop­er­ties from pri­vate own­ers which can be used for home­less ap­pli­cants.

The scheme works along­side the coun­cil’s short-stay bed and break­fast ac­com­mo­da­tion in Christchurch Road.

It also has its own let­tings agency to help home­less ap­pli­cants find prop­er­ties in the pri­vate hous­ing sec­tor.

There is also a de­posit bond scheme which helps rough sleep­ers who may not be able to pay a large rent de­posit up front.

The coun­cil also says it or­gan­ises a monthly group made up of po­lice, churches, Porch­light and other char­i­ties, and pro­vides funds to Porch­light to en­gage with rough sleep­ers in the town.

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