Wirral Council is to receive £1.2 million to help provide homes for rough sleepers in the Borough, the Ministry of Housing has announced today.
The cash will be enable people who sleep rough, or at risk of sleeping rough, to be rehoused in safe, long-term accommodation, providing some of the most vulnerable in society with a permanent place to live and help to rebuild their lives.
In March, the government directed councils to house rough sleepers in safe accommodation, helping to protect thousands of lives during the pandemic. By September over 29,000 vulnerable people had been supported, with over 10,000 in emergency accommodation and nearly 19,000 provided with settled accommodation or move on support.
“Thanks to the work of housing associations, charities, the Council’s housing team and support groups, more than 100 rough sleepers in Wirral were found accommodation.
“The cash announced today means that this won’t be just a short term fix. It means the progress since March will continue for years to come and the new, safe and supported homes will help some of our most vulnerable residents finally get the homes they need.”
- Councillor Ian Lewis (Conservative, Wallasey Ward)
Once they have the keys to their new home, rough sleepers will be supported by specialist staff to access the help they need, such as support for mental health or substance misuse needs, so they can rebuild their lives, move towards training and work, and remain off the streets for good.
“It’s positive that this funding has now been allocated to provide long-term homes for rough sleepers. These homes, along with support, will be vital in ensuring people who have experienced rough sleeping do not return to the streets.”
- Kate Henderson, Chief Executive at the National Housing Federation
Today’s cash is on top of the £91.5 million allocated to 274 councils in September to fund their individual local plans for rough sleepers over the coming months, and to help provide short-term and interim accommodation for vulnerable people, as well as the £10 million Cold Weather Payment for councils to help to keep rough sleepers safe this winter.
At the first meeting of the Council’s new Housing Committee last night (Wednesday), all parties agreed to work on the local plans to support rough sleepers, as well as options to build modern council homes on brownfield sites. If you agree, sign up below...