Council welcomes rough sleeper funding

Welcoming today's funding announcement from Housing Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP,  Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Homes Andrew Mitchell said: “Tackling rough sleeping is a complex issue, which is why we have already invested £1.1m in a Rough Sleeper Reduction Strategy launched last year. Having a coordinated, multi-agency approach to tackling rough sleeping is paying off with rough sleeping numbers reducing by 31% (from 99 to 68) between November 2016 and November 2017.”

Cllr Mitchell adds: “This additional funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government will allow us to put in place even more ambitious plans that will directly help take people off the streets this winter, providing them with accommodation and support. We will be able to offer new personalised and tailored solutions to the most disengaged rough sleepers that haven’t been available before. Our end goal is to ensure no one has to sleep rough in Cornwall”.

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This new funding will specifically help entrenched rough sleepers off the streets permanently by extending outreach support, increasing crisis hostel accommodation by six bed spaces  a year, delivering additional cold weather provision so that rough sleepers do not have to stay on the streets this winter and increasing access to both supported accommodation and private rented accommodation. 

Story posted 09 June 2018