Section: Homelessness & Rough Sleeping

Mayor announces extra £7 million to help tackle rough sleeping in London

Posted 18.02.19
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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced plans to invest an additional £7 million into a range of services and projects tackling rough sleeping in the Capital.

This extra money will be used to boost help for people who are homeless on the street, including by introducing a new rapid response outreach team in the coming months and by gearing up to expand severe weather shelters even further next winter.

The Mayor made the announcement as he visited a coffee kiosk near London Bridge station run by Change Please, a social enterprise part funded by City Hall that offers rough sleepers a way off the streets and into employment by training them as baristas.

Change Please was awarded £60,000 through the Mayor's Rough Sleeping Innovation Fund for a caseworker to assist with training, employment, and wider housing and health support, as well as going towards opening two new cafes which will support 16 people out of rough sleeping each year.


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