£66 million funding will provide safe and warm accommodation over winter.
Rough sleepers will be helped into safe and warm accommodation and treatment services for drug and alcohol dependency this winter, supported by an extra £66 million the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities announced today (29 October 2021).
The support will help rough sleepers off the streets at a time of year when they face falling temperatures and give them an opportunity to turn their lives around by ending the cycle of addiction.
Building on the success of the Everyone In initiative, which supported 37,000 vulnerable people into longer term accommodation during the pandemic, this support will continue to help rough sleepers off the streets.
Today’s announcement will help to deliver the government’s commitment to end rough sleeping by 2024.
- More than 60 councils have been allocated a share of the up to £52 million Drug and Alcohol Treatment Grant scheme for specialist support services for rough sleepers and those at risk, including one-to-one support and mentoring.
- Voluntary, faith and community groups have been awarded grants from the £3.8 million Homelessness Transformation Fund to transform shared accommodation into COVID-secure, self-contained accommodation, giving rough sleepers safe places to stay.
- Additionally, up to 3,500 rough sleepers will be provided with emergency accommodation, with areas most in need of support to tackle rough sleeping invited to bid for funding from the £10 million Winter Pressures Fund.
Rough sleeping has already reduced by over a third but the government will go even further with £640 million invested each year over the next 3 years to tackle the issue – a 85% increase in funding compared to 2019.
This builds on the £202 million for councils to continue to help people off the streets, funding 14,500 bed spaces for rough sleepers and 2,700 specialist support staff. This is on top of £112 million invested last year.
Those at risk of eviction are also being helped through the £310 million Homelessness Prevention Grant, with councils providing financial support or helping households find new homes. A £16 million pilot is also helping end the cycle of homelessness and hospital admissions by providing temporary accommodation, care and support for rough sleepers leaving hospital.
Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing, Eddie Hughes MP said:
Minister for Care, Gillian Keegan, said:
Kathy Mohan, CEO at Housing Justice:
Rick Henderson, CEO at Homeless Link:
Programmes and projects to benefit from the announcement include:
- Leeds: funding a street-based psychologist, who refers rough sleepers to mental health and substance misuse services and a drop-in clinic in the city centre which also provides specialist support.
- Westminster: funding the Westminster Rough Sleepers Drug and Alcohol Service, ensuring rough sleepers can access treatment programmes. Support is also provided for rough sleepers to access education, employment, or training once they have completed treatment.
- Southampton: more staff are supporting those with complex needs and substance misuse issues and a clinical psychologist is making sure that those with mental health issues get the support they need.
- Cambridge: funding a local charity working in partnership with the council to provide 20-bed self-contained rooms for a safe place this winter and route off the streets.
- London: funding the All People All Places project that will provide support for 50 people in the winter months.
The Drug and Alcohol Treatment Grant is entering its second year and is already supporting people sleeping rough in 43 councils to access structured drug and alcohol treatment including counselling, detox and rehab services.
Rough Sleeping Drug and Alcohol Treatment Grant and Homelessness Transformation Fund funding breakdowns
Rough Sleeping Drug & Alcohol Treatment Grant
|Local authority||Funding awarded|
|Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole||£267,808|
|Brighton and Hove||£337,623|
|Bristol, City of||£539,500|
|Hackney and the City||£709,874|
|Kingston upon Hull, City of||£321,739|
|Kingston upon Thames||£366,554|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||£170,250|
|Richmond upon Thames||£185,000|
Homelessness Transformation Fund
|Local authority||Project||Funding awarded|
|Bedford||King’s Arms Project||£144,393|
|Manchester||Caritas Diocese of Salford||£98,504|
|Westminster||Cardinal Hume Centre||£40,000|
|King’s Lynn and West Norfolk||King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter||£81,199|
|Leicester||One Roof Leicester||£82,850|
|Medway||Kings Church – Caring Hands in the Community||£100,000|
|Ipswich||Selig Suffolk Trust||£85,952|
|Calderdale||Christians Together Calderdale||£157,596|
|Birmingham||St Anne’s Hostel||£68,640|
|Worcester||Maggs Day Centre||£92,437|
|Harborough||Falcon Support Services||£92,930|
|Ealing||Hope for Southall Street Homeless||£42,350|
|Camden||C4WS Homeless Project||£95,388|
|Maidstone||Maidstone Churches Winter Shelter||£36,661|
|Medway||Medway Night Shelter||£48,620|
|Chesterfield||Pathways of Chesterfield||£42,140|
|Reigate and Banstead||Renewed Hope||£22,491|
|Leeds||West Yorkshire Destitute Asylum Network||£20,000|
|Cambridge||It Takes A City||£65,000|
|Folkestone||Folkestone Rainbow Centre||£59,126|
|Haringey||Highway of Holiness||£92,092|
|Westminster||West London Mission||£66,082|
|Dover||Dover Outreach Centre||£30,000|
|Southwark||The Outside Project||£70,640|
|Tower Hamlets||This is GrowTH Ltd||£96,298|
|Rugby||Hope 4 (Rugby) Ltd||£15,000|
|Derby||Derby City Mission Ltd||£100,000|
|Waltham Forest||Forest Churches Emergency Night Shelter||£80,630|
|Gravesham||Gravesham Sanctuary CIO||£42,700|
|West Lancashire||West Lancashire Crisis & Information Centre||£62,037|
|Weymouth||The Bus Shelter||£29,484|
|Peterborough||Hope Into Action UK||£88,000|
|Barnet||Together in Barnet||£95,388|
|Buckinghamshire||Wycombe Homeless Connection||£28,000|
|Greenwich||Greenwich Winter Night Shelter||£76,790|
|Eastbourne||Kingdom Way Trust||£18,788|
|Tameside||ANEW Approach CIC||£50,640|
|Bexley||Bexley Winter Shelter||£55,200|
|Swindon||Swindon Night Shelter||£36,995|
|Northumberland||StopGap Supported Housing||£32,000|
|Haringey & Enfield||All People All Places||£82,493|
|Reading||Faith Christian Group||£30,000|