Fenland District Council secures over £340,000 to continue rough sleeping support
More rough sleepers will be helped off the streets and given the support they need in Fenland thanks to an extra £340,320 of funding.
Fenland District Council has successfully secured a further Rough Sleeping Initiative grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to continue services helping to tackle homelessness across the district.
The funding will be used by the council, partner agencies and third sector providers to help vulnerable rough sleepers get the support they need to leave the streets for good.
This includes street-based outreach services, emergency accommodation and specialist support to help them rebuild their lives.
Government analysis shows that numbers of rough sleepers are 32 per cent lower in areas that have received funding through the initiative.
In Fenland, funding from the initiative and the government’s Controlling Migration Fund has led to great outcomes in local communities. The council’s annual rough sleeper count in November, 2019, was 11, down from 23 in November, 2018.
And in the last six months alone, 29 people have been prevented from rough sleeping and 40 people have been supported to apply for Settled Status.
Councillor Samantha Hoy, Fenland ’s portfolio holder for housing, said: “I am thrilled that we’ve received extra funding to continue our work with valued partners and deliver much needed help for rough sleepers in Fenland.
“I am proud of what has been achieved so far and really pleased that the outcomes have made a significant impact on vulnerable members of our community. We remain committed as ever to helping people rebuild their lives and ending rough sleeping once and for all.”
In Fenland, the funding will be used to continue the following services until the end of March 2021:
Homeless day HUB – run by the Ferry Project, the HUB is open seven days a week providing specialist support for all rough sleepers in Fenland, including help with finding accommodation, work and training, mental health support, help with debts and benefits, as well as homelessness prevention advice.
Outreach service – run by CGL (Change, Grow, Live), the outreach service locates people sleeping rough and engages with them, providing bespoke help and support relevant to their individual needs.
Rough sleeper co-ordinator post – covering the whole of Fenland, this post co-ordinates actions for rough sleepers to prevent duplication between organisations
An additional four beds at the Ferry Project’s emergency Night Shelter The Rough Sleeping Initiative was launched in 2018 to ensure local areas were given the boost they needed to provide these vital services for those living on the streets.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP said: “No-one should have to face a night on the street and we have a moral duty to support those who need help the most. It is encouraging to see more people getting the support they need, but there is always more to do.
“We are focusing relentlessly on this issue and our efforts have already led to the first nationwide fall in rough sleeping in a decade – and the areas funded by our Rough Sleeping Initiative have seen rough sleeping numbers fall around a third more than they would be without this vital programme, but we need to go further. That is why we are providing this funding so vital work can continue as we set out to end rough sleeping once and for all.”
The funding will run until March 2021. Further discussions between the MHCLG and the Council will take place over the coming months regarding continued funding in 2021/22.
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