Section: Homelessness & Rough Sleeping

£20 million fund launched to help homeless into private rented homes

Posted 10.10.18
GOV.UK: Article link

The Private Rented Sector Access Fund, launched on World Homeless Day (10 October 2018) by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire, is a dedicated fund designed to help up to 9,000 people who are or at risk of becoming homeless to secure their own home.

A key part of the government's Rough Sleeping Strategy, the fund will be used to either help set up locally-led schemes or expand those currently in use.

These schemes will be tailored to match the needs of each local area's residents and landlords.

This could involve councils providing financial support to help those to access or maintain their tenancies, such as paying deposits for the tenancy or rent payments.

Alternatively, some schemes may involve the council managing the property on the landlord's behalf.

The fund is modelled on evidence provided from the successful programme run by homelessness charity Crisis, which supported schemes to help homeless people into thousands of private rental tenancies.

The new fund's launch comes as patients, prisoners and jobseekers at risk of homelessness must now be referred to their local housing authority under key legislation. The duty to refer, a core part of the Homelessness Reduction Act, came into force this month.

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Home for Good: New campaign launches to prevent more people returning to rough sleeping

Posted 10.10.18
St Mungo's: Article link

The number of people rough sleeping in England has more than doubled since 2010 but more people than ever are returning to rough sleeping after time away from the streets.

St Mungo's is launching a new campaign, Home for Good, calling on the government to put an end to rough sleeping by ensuring that everyone gets the long-term housing and support they need to rebuild their lives away from the street for good.

The charity is asking people to sign an open letter to James Brokenshire, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government which was written with Kevin, a former St Mungo's client.

The above link provides access to sign the open letter.

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