New project launched to help support prison leavers into housing

A new project to support prison leavers into housing will help to break the cycle of prison and homelessness.

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Wales is set to embark on a new project to help those leaving prison to access housing.

Housing and Local Government Minister Julie James has announced £273,000 to support men leaving prison in HMP Cardiff and women leaving prison in HMP Eastwood Park, Gloucestershire, including 10 Housing First places provided by Cardiff Council.

The funding will also be used to develop a housing project to support prison leavers into stable accommodation in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Housing First is designed to support people who need significant levels of help to move away from homelessness.

People receiving support are offered a place to live and then offered tailored, long term support to help enable them to manage a tenancy independently.

Julie James said: “I want to see an end to homelessness in Wales. First and foremost, we must prevent people becoming homeless in the first place.

“This means tackling the endless cycle of those people who leave prison and end up on our streets.

“I visited Cardiff Prison earlier this year and talked to inmates who told me about being released onto the streets, having nowhere to go, reoffending and going straight back to prison.

“This is no way to live and no way for our system to operate.

“Preventing homelessness through projects like Housing First can help individuals to get their lives back on track, and ensure we use public funding more effectively.”

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