Grant boost for the homeless

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WISBECH-based charity The Ferry Project has been awarded £250,000 to adopt No Second Night Out – an initiative that aims to ensure that anyone who ends up on the streets gets helped quickly so they don’t spend a second night out.

The grant is part of an £8m pot being awarded by the Homelessness Transition Fund to 41 projects.

The £20m independent Fund was set up to help support the Government’s rough sleeping strategy ‘Vision to end rough sleeping: No Second Night Out nationwide’.

Administered by umbrella organisation Homeless Link, the Fund received 190 applications from charities wanting to protect key homelessness services and adopt initiatives like No Second Night Out.

The grant will enable an existing night shelter to accept anyone in need of emergency accommodation. The fund will also help clients of the shelter access education and training opportunities to help them regain their independence.

Keith Smith director of the Ferry Project said: “Our theme for this year is Rescuing Dreams and Reviving Aspirations. This grant will give some of the most vulnerable people in our community a safe place to sleep when they are at their lowest ebb.

“It will enable us to help them believe there is a hope for their future and start dreaming again.”

Housing Minister Grant Shapps said: “I’m delighted that vulnerable people in Wisbech and Fenland have £250,000 of extra help to make sure that they will never need to spend more than one night sleeping rough.

“A safe, warm place to stay is something that everyone should be able to rely on.”