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.
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:
“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.