Section: Homelessness & Rough Sleeping

Rough Sleeping Initiative funding increased

Posted 28.01.20
GOV.UK: Further reading

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced an increase of 30% in funding for the Rough Sleeping Initiative, making an extra £112 million available this year.

It is estimated that the increased funding will support local authorities, charities and other organisations to fund up to 6,000 new bed spaces and 2,500 support staff across the country.

The Rough Sleeping Initiative was launched in 2018 to ensure local areas were given the boost they needed to provide vital services for those living on the streets.

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Homeless Link awards Cold Weather Fund grants to 51 specialist charities

Posted 17.01.20
Homeless Link: Further reading

Homeless Link has presented grants from the Government's Cold Weather Fund to 51 frontline charities across the country, with the aim of supporting people sleeping rough.

A total of £991,509 is being distributed to specialist local charities that are not commissioned by local authorities, but that play a key role in helping to end rough sleeping in their communities.

Individual grants were for up to £25,000 with three large grants of up to £50,000 awarded to Changing Lives, Derby City Mission and Thames Reach for projects working across multiple local authorities.

The charities are using the funding to provide additional accommodation to that already provided by the local authority to people sleeping rough, or to enhance the support offered in existing winter night shelters or day services to help secure longer-term move-on from homelessness into accommodation.

The funding covers projects running between 1 December 2019 and 31 March 2020.

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Mayor opens emergency shelters across London as temperatures drop

Posted 17.01.20
Mayor of London: Further reading

For the first time this year, the Mayor of London is opening emergency cold weather shelters across the capital as temperatures hit zero or below.

The Mayor, London boroughs, service providers and faith and community groups work together to open severe weather shelters across London when freezing temperatures are forecast anywhere in the capital.

Previously, shelters were only opened when temperatures were zero or below for three consecutive days in a row and also on a borough-by-borough basis, leading to patchy, inconsistent provision.

The Mayor changed the criteria so shelters were open more readily with better provision and coverage.

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Jobcentres to receive new £3 million fund to support homeless people

Posted 14.01.20
GOV.UK: Further reading

Jobcentres across the UK are to benefit from a boost of up to £3 million government funding to support homeless people.

The new funding will see jobcentre staff joining outreach teams on the streets to speak to people sleeping rough, helping them to claim their benefits, find new work, secure stable accommodation and direct them to additional support.

Staff will be able to spend more time working with charities and other organisations to help people who are homeless, including those rough sleeping.

The funding will also be used to bolster projects jobcentres are already working on with various organisations, such as the Salvation Army in Cardiff, and Teardrops in St Helens, to support homeless claimants.

The new funding, which will be delivered in 2020 to 2021, follows on from training given to hundreds of jobcentre managers last year on how best to support homeless claimants.

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Major new campaign launched to tackle hidden homelessness in Wales

Posted 06.01.20
Welsh Government: Further reading

A major new campaign to tackle hidden homelessness by raising awareness that "homelessness doesn't always live on the streets" has been launched by the Welsh Government.

Research suggests people overwhelmingly connect homelessness with rough sleeping only - which is not the case for most young people experiencing homelessness.

The campaign aims to bring to light the problem of hidden homelessness, and is targeted at young people who may be at risk of or already experiencing homelessness.

It is designed to ensure that young people get the help and support they need as soon as possible, preventing homelessness from happening in the first place.

The campaign also advises the public on what to do if they're concerned about someone they know.

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