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Councils across the South East will share over £8.5million in extra funding to help get people off the streets and into accommodation, Communities Secretary James Brokenshire MP has confirmed today (Monday).

The money forms part of the Government’s £100million Rough Sleeping Strategy and will be used to fund rough sleeping coordinator roles, add new or additional outreach services and extend existing or provide new temporary accommodation. This includes night shelters and hostel spaces. There is also an opportunity to provide housing-led solutions such as Housing First services.

Across the South East, it is estimated that the money will provide funding for up to 162 new staff and 405 additional bed spaces. The Isle of Wight Council has been awarded a total of £175,000.

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Communities Secretary James Brokenshire MP has said:

“The £100m-backed Rough Sleeping Strategy sets out this Government’s blueprint for ending rough sleeping for good across the South East and the rest of the country.

“We are taking the necessary steps to make that happen, already providing already providing 2600 additional beds and 750 more support staff for the most vulnerable people in our society.

“But we must keep up the momentum and that’s why we are giving this funding to areas and projects in the that need it, ensuring progress continues to be made and people are given the help they need to turn their lives around.”

Councillor Clare Mosdell, Isle of Wight Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care, said:

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“It’s great news the Government is supporting our project to tackle the issue of rough sleeping on the Isle of Wight.

“Our Housing and Family Support Team, and our partners, will now use this money to help some of the Islands most vulnerable people who find themselves without a home for a range of reasons.

“Importantly, these extra funds allow us to extend the level of support to our homeless citizens via more assertive and comprehensive outreach services.”

This is all part of the Government’s Rough Sleeping Initiative, launched last spring, which is providing over £45million to councils over the next 2 years to support rough sleepers in their area off the streets and into secure accommodation where they can get the help they need to rebuild their lives.

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