Increased grant will boost council’s work to house rough sleepers
Published: 31 January 2020
Redbridge Council’s efforts to end rough sleeping in the borough have been given a boost, with an increase in its government grant for this work.
The council has been awarded £625,000 for this year, a 25 per cent increase on last year’s grant of £500,000. This is part of the government’s £112 million rough sleeping initiative fund to prevent people from rough sleeping, and help get those that sleep rough off the streets, and into accommodation.
Last year saw a reduction in the number of rough sleepers in the borough. This reflects the council’s wide-reaching work for the homeless and those sleeping rough. In the past year, Redbridge Council has opened a second homeless shelter, invested in the Housing First specialist supported housing service, and helped rough sleepers find employment.
The council will also shortly be opening Project Malachi in Ilford, a temporary housing scheme, created in partnership with the Salvation Army. It will provide 42 flats with onsite support for people who were previously homeless and rough sleeping.
The council will use the increased funds to expand the care and resettlement support for the most vulnerable rough sleepers, and expand the Housing First specialist supported housing.
Cllr Farah Hussain, cabinet member for housing and homelessness, said: ”The award acknowledges that unfortunately more and more people are becoming homeless in Redbridge. This money will make a huge difference to these people's lives, although we could obviously do more with additional funding.
“There are many reasons why people become homeless and sleep on the streets, and we will continue to work tirelessly with our partners to support them into secure accommodation. These are some of the most vulnerable people in our society. We are determined to put an end to rough sleeping in our borough.”
If you want to tell us about someone sleeping rough, you can contact Street Link on 0300 500 0914 who can arrange for the rough sleeper to get access to local services and support.