Over £150 million is to be made available the government says across England to create permanent residences for rough sleepers. The government funding for these new homes will be available by the end of March 2021 and will help to make thousands of safe, long-term homes for rough sleepers. The new funding is part of a larger commitment over four years, which allocates £433 million to deliver 6,000 units of accommodation by the end of this Parliament. Altogether, government spending on homelessness this year reaches over £700 million.

 

The government investment of £150 million will see homes built in every region of England. This will give people sleeping rough, or at risk of sleeping rough, a secure, long-term accommodation to be housed in. More than 3,300 homes for vulnerable people have already been approved. The accommodations will be accessible by the end of March 2021, providing some of the most vulnerable in society with a safe and permanent place to help get back on their feet.

 

During the pandemic, the government launched a campaign to protect rough sleepers. In March, the ‘Everyone In’ campaign began housing the homeless in safe accommodation. By September, the scheme had supported more than 29,000 people: over 10,000 people were placed in emergency accommodation, and nearly 19,000 provided settled accommodation or ‘move on’ support.

 

The new funding is part of the biggest ever investment in homes for the homeless. Minister for Housing and Rough Sleeping, Kelly Tolhurst, said:

The efforts to protect rough sleepers throughout the pandemic have been truly outstanding, and I want to wholeheartedly thank all the charities, councils, housing providers and support groups who have made this possible. We want to ensure the progress continues for years to come and the new, safe and supported homes are the cornerstone of our work to tackle rough sleeping and provide a solid foundation for those affected to rebuild their lives.

The focus of this funding has on providing long-term homes is vital in ensuring people who have experienced rough sleeping can get off the streets for good. Housing associations will be working alongside local authorities to help people into permanent housing.

 

Altogether, 276 schemes have been approved across England. 38 of these are based in London, providing 904 new homes for rough sleepers. Once they have been placed in their new home, residents will have support from specialist staff, including support for mental health and substance misuse needs. The ultimate aim is to begin rebuilding their lives, gain training and employments and remain off the streets.