Section: Homelessness & Rough Sleeping

The annual rough sleeping snapshot shows that rough sleeping has fallen 43% since 2018

Posted 25.02.21
GOV.UK: Further reading

New data published shows a 43% drop in people sleeping rough since 2018, with 37,000 people supported through the government's 'Everyone In' programme during the pandemic.

It shows that 2,688 people estimated to be sleeping rough on a single night in autumn 2020, compared to 4,677 in 2018.

Further data published shows a continued downward trend?in rough sleeping numbers over the winter - with the total number of?people recorded as sleeping rough across the whole of England falling to 1,461 at the end of January 2021.

The Housing Secretary paid tribute to the combined efforts of councils, charities, faith groups and other partners for the huge achievement - recognising that new partnerships between housing and health services have been crucial to supporting thousands of rough sleepers during the pandemic.

He further announced an additional £6.4 million for voluntary organisations, to provide accommodation and referral services for rough sleepers.

This includes funding for covid-safe emergency accommodation, longer term accommodation, a national helpline and training and support to professionals working to end homelessness.??

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Trafford Council takes homelessness and housing advice service back in-house

Posted 03.02.21
Source: Further reading

Trafford Council has shown its commitment to tackling homelessness by taking over the running of its housing services department for the first time in 16 years.

From April 1, Housing Options Services Trafford (HOST), which manages the housing waiting list, homelessness services and housing advice services, will be brought back under the direct control of Trafford Council.

The service, which was outsourced to Salix Homes in 2015, will be directly run by the Council as part of its commitment to providing housing and tackling homelessness in the borough.

Staff from Salix Homes will move over with HOST, which provides statutory homelessness support on behalf of the council and provides advice and support for local people with their housing needs, when it returns to the authority.

Cllr James Wright, Trafford Council's Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration, said: "We have made the decision to bring HOST back in house so we can ensure its functions are delivered in a better coordinated way with other associated council services".

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