Cornwall welcomes additional ‘rough sleeping’ funding

From Cornwall Council:

 

Welcoming the recent funding announcement from Housing Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, which confirmed that Cornwall Council has been awarded £625,000 following a bid to the government’s Rough Sleeper Initiative fund, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Homes Andrew Mitchell said: “Tackling rough sleeping is a complex issue, which is why the Council has already invested £1.1m in a Rough Sleeper Reduction Strategy.

“Having a coordinated, multi-agency approach to tackling rough sleeping is paying off with latest figures published in December 2018 showing that an action plan to tackle the issue is continuing to have a positive effect, with a 22% drop in the latest count.

This makes a 46% reduction in the total number of rough sleepers recorded since November 2016.”

Official figures released in December 2018 show that whilst Cornwall still has a relatively high numbers of rough sleepers, 53 individuals were reported as rough sleeping compared to 68 reported in November 2017 and 99 the year prior to that.

Cllr Mitchell adds: “This additional funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will allow us to put in place additional measures that will directly help take people off the streets, providing them with accommodation and support.

The money will be used to fund:

  • a Rough Sleeper Coordinator and four outreach workers to directly engage with rough sleepers and offer them help and support
  • the Short-term Accommodation & Resettlement (STAR) Project  which provides short –term accommodation and then support to move on to live independently
  • access to privately rented accommodation for single people by offering support to the landlord during the first few months of a tenancy to ensure it is sustainable
  • Nos Da Kernow – a partnership between Cornwall Housing, Coastline and St Petroc’s to help prevent single people and couples with no children from becoming homeless
  • a mental health worker, employed with partners as part of the Health for Homeless Project
  • additional hospital discharge beds for single people who are medically fit for discharge but have no suitable accommodation to go to

Cllr Mitchell adds:  “We will be able to offer more personalised and tailored solutions to rough sleepers.  Our end goal is to ensure no one has to sleep rough in Cornwall”.

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