The funding will provide interim accommodation and support as part of the government’s commitment to end rough sleeping.
Thousands of vulnerable people who were housed during the pandemic will be helped to stay in accommodation this year thanks to the allocations of funding announced today (17 September 2020) by Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick.
274 local councils will share £91.5 million of government funding to ensure interim accommodation and support for the most vulnerable people, including by helping people into the private rented sector, secure interim accommodation such as supported housing, and assess the wider support these people need in order to rebuild their lives. An additional £13.5 million fund will be used to enable local authorities to tackle new or emerging challenges.
Separately, applications are now being considered for a further £161 million fund intended to provide over 3,300 additional supported homes this year for those sleeping rough or currently housed in emergency accommodation. The bidding has now closed and details on successful bids will be announced in due course. This is part of broader support to provide 6,000 such homes over four years.
The Next Steps Accommodation Programme is part of the government’s landmark commitment to end rough sleeping for good.
Secretary of State for Housing, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:
Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing, Kelly Tolhurst MP said: