£1m fund to boost housing support for vulnerable veterans

MHCLG outlines investment for 11 local areas to reduce the risk of homelessness.


Veterans are in the sights of a £1m funding boost, should they find themselves sleeping on ‘civvy street’.

The sum confirmed by MHCLG today (20th May) will help secure ‘roof over heads’ for ex-service personnel – with bespoke support added on – and is to be shared among the 10 combined authorities and the Greater London Authority.

As envisaged, the £1m could also be used to direct former soldiers to existing specialist services, such as access to supported housing and training for staff on mental health issues including PTSD.

There’s also scope to get help to those who may initially be reluctant to receive it.

Announcing the initiative, Communities Secretary James Brokenshire saluted those councils already providing veteran support.

“This boost will allow them to go further and ensure that more people have access to valuable services, such as housing advice or mental health support,” he said.

This additional funding goes hand in hand with the £1.2bn set aside to tackle all forms of homelessness, including £100m for rough sleeping.

Last month, MHCLG confirmed 54 homelessness projects across the country would get a share in over £19.5m to support essentials, such as deposits for a tenancy or putting down the first month’s rent.

MHCLG says the “ongoing commitment” to end rough sleeping  has so far seen 1,750 beds and 500 additional support staff jobs created – widening options for employment and support.

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