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Rough Sleeping Reduction Strategy

Please note this document has been superseded by Cornwall's Partnership Approach to Preventing Homelessness and Rough Sleeping which was approved at Cabinet on the 18 March 2020.

Due to increasing numbers of rough sleepers in Cornwall, the Rough Sleeping Reduction Strategy was developed through a partnership approach. The Strategy is designed to help those already living on the streets and those who find themselves in danger of becoming a rough sleeper.

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The Strategy has three main aims:

  • preventing people who are at risk of sleeping rough in the first instance;
  • help for new rough sleepers so that they do not become used to and resigned to the lifestyle;
  • identification and support provided for entrenched rough sleepers to help them off the street once and for all.

The Strategy has been prepared and will be delivered by Partners including:

  • Cornwall Council
  • Cornwall Housing Ltd
  • Coastline Housing
  • Voluntary Sector Providers
  • Safer Cornwall
  • the Drug and Alcohol Action Team
  • Devon and Cornwall Police
  • Public Health
  • Inclusion Cornwall

Earlier this year Cornwall Council and Cornwall Housing allocated £850,000 to developing the Strategy and implementing a number of actions to tackle the issue. The Council, Coastline Housing and Cornwall Housing were also successful in a bid to Government for £292,000.  This was for an initiative called Nos Da Kernow (No First Night Out). These two new non-recurring pots of money are allocated to this strategy alongside funding already committed by Partners.

The Strategy was launched on 17 July at New County Hall at 10am. Alongside the Rough Sleeping Reduction Strategy there is:

There is also a Facebook Live filming of the presentation from the launch event.