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The Isle of Wight Council has been allocated £528,000 to continue housing vulnerable people, including those in emergency accommodation.

Those who were housed earlier in the pandemic will be helped to stay in accommodation thanks to £15million of Government funding announced this week by Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing, Kelly Tolhurst.

The money, part of the Government’s Next Steps Accommodation Programme, will help make life-changing differences to the most vulnerable by supporting them to move on with their lives and address complex needs such as substance misuse and mental health issues.

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Councils and providers will help people into the private rented sector, secure interim accommodation such as supported housing, or reconnect with friends and family, and assess the wider support these vulnerable people need in order to rebuild their lives.

Kelly Tolhurst MP, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing, has said:

“This funding will make a real difference to vulnerable peoples’ lives in the South East, continuing to help them address complex needs, and to rebuild their lives, away from the streets in safer interim accommodation.

“I want to commend councils across the region along with their partners for the support they’ve provided so far. Together we are providing the essential support required that will help end rough sleeping and break the cycle of homelessness.”

Jamie Brenchley, the council’s service manager for housing needs and homelessness, said:

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“Our response to protect people at risk of homelessness during this crisis has protected many lives.

“The call by government to get ‘’everyone in’’ on 26 March made the invisible, visible and has provided us with an unprecedented opportunity to end homelessness.

“The additional funding will help us implement bespoke plans designed to provide interim and long term accommodation for those who need it most, supplemented by specialist tailored support to help people on their unique journeys from homelessness to home.”

Towards the start of the coronavirus lockdown, the Isle of Wight experienced a number of issues relating to anti social behaviour when individuals were housed together in hotels in Sandown.

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That could quite possibly take the islands homeless off the streets this winter, if they spend the whole amount on what its been allocated for instead of whisking 000’s off to other pots. This we will never know, is there a credible paper trail for such schemes, p.f.i. needs a good look at?

Eve Shipman

I expect most of it will get swallowed up by the councillor’s latest pay-rise. They will justify it by telling us all how much work is involved in providing shelter for the homeless.
I still think the next full council meeting should be held on the sinking bridge. ;-(


Perfect more repair money for the floating bridge


Nice carefully chosen ‘image’ of a sad, looking harmless old man.
Never the drunken / drugged, aggressive louts in towns.
I wonder which is the majority of cases on the Island and UK now?


Poor old sandown few more months of drunks and druggies homed at tax payers expense..

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