The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have announced a further 42 adopters to receive funding as part of the Rapid Rehousing Pathway programme.
As previously announced by the government department, the programme brings together four policy interventions (Somewhere Safe to Stay, Supported Lettings, Navigators and Local Lettings Agencies) that will help rough sleepers and those at risk of rough sleeping to access the support and settled housing they need to “leave the streets for good”.
The initiative also comes as part of the government’s Rough Sleeping strategy, released in August 2018.
Following that, the Rough Sleeping strategy sets out government’s vision for halving rough sleeping by 2022 and ending it by 2027.
A further 42 adopters add to the 11 areas previously announced by the government in December. The areas will also be providing funding for Navigators, Supported Lettings, and Local Lettings Agencies, where a need for these additional elements has been identified.
On the annouced funding, RT Hons James Brokenshire MP said the it will enable more than 80 navigators to work with up to 1,600 people sleeping rough, provide up to £2.8 million for supported lettings across 17 areas and up to a further £1.25 million for Local Letting Agencies across 9 Areas.
He added that: “We estimate Supported Lettings to support around 600 rough sleepers, with Local Lettings Agencies expected to make around 1,200 properties available.
“Local areas will be able to connect people with the right support and sustainable housing to move them swiftly away from the street and facilitate their journey to recovery, bringing us a step closer to ending rough sleeping for good.”
Responding to MHCLG’s announcement that 42 bids for the rapid rehousing pathway had been successful, Local Government Association Housing spokesman Cllr Martin Tett added: “Funding for local authorities will help council efforts to try and tackle homelessness.
“Every instance of homelessness is an individual tragedy and councils are determined to prevent homelessness from happening in the first place and support families affected.
“Homelessness continues to rise, and the people caught up in this crisis can’t afford for us to wait. We need to go much further, much faster.”
He added: “Proper resourcing of local government funding is essential if we are going to end homelessness. To stand still and deliver the same homelessness services currently being provided – for which funding has been significantly reduced in recent years – councils would need an additional £110m by 2019/20.
“Critical to this goal is giving councils the powers to keep 100% of Right To Buy receipts, including the ability to set discounts locally, which will allow them to reinvest in building more good-quality affordable homes they desperately need.
“Councils also need to be able to adapt welfare reforms to prevent people from losing their home where possible.”