Council welcomes promise of additional funding to tackle rough sleeping in Cornwall

Welcoming the recent announcement from Housing Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, that Cornwall Council has been successful in its bid for funding as part of the government Rough Sleeper strategy , Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Homes Andrew Mitchell said: “Tackling rough sleeping is a complex issue, which is why the Council has already invested £1.1m in a Rough Sleeper Reduction Strategy.” 

“We are waiting for confirmation of the amount that will be allocated to Cornwall but the latest Rapid Rehousing Pathway announcement means we will be able to help more people move away from a life on the streets.  It follows on from an additional £1 million for Cornwall after strong successful bids to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Rough Sleeper Initiative.”

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This latest successful bid from Cornwall will go towards funding a mobile Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub, which was highlighted in the MHCLG announcement.  The hub will provide a safe environment which is open and staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Anyone who is at imminent risk of, or already,  rough sleeping can be helped and it will be delivered in partnership with Cornwall Housing Ltd, Cosgarne and St Petroc’s.

The money will also be used for a Supported Lettings Scheme, which will provide help for rough sleepers as they move into independent accommodation, and Navigators, aimed at people with complex needs who may have been sleeping rough for some time, to address issues around addiction, mental health, and housing.  There will also be funding for a local lettings agency to help single people and couples with no children, who are at risk of, or who have, slept rough, access private rented accommodation.

Andrew Mitchell says: “Having a coordinated, multi-agency approach to tackling rough sleeping is paying off and our partnership working with Cosgarne, Cornwall Housing Ltd,  St Petroc’s and Resilient Cornwall is key to helping us access this funding and deliver the services.”

Official figures released in December 2018 show that whilst Cornwall still has a relatively high numbers of rough sleepers, 53 individuals were reported as rough sleeping compared to 68 reported in November 2017 and 99 the year prior to that. This makes a 46% reduction in the total number of rough sleepers recorded in Cornwall since November 2016.

Cllr Mitchell adds: “Estimates indicate that Cornwall Council’s action plan to tackle rough sleeping is continuing to have a positive effect.  We are waiting for final confirmation of the amount of additional funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government which will allow us to put in place additional measures that will directly help people off the streets, providing them with accommodation and support.

 

Story posted 10 May 2019