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£100 million to end homelessness

£100 million to end homelessness

Published by Grace Mcgachy
7:19am 13th August 2018. (Updated at 7:20am 13th August 2018)

The government is going to spend £100 million in a bid to end rough sleeping on England's streets by 2027.

The strategy will offer support with mental health and addictions as well as provide help with accommodation.

Thousands of rough sleepers will be offered rapid specialist assessments and support, as part of a package of new measures announced by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire.

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The Rough Sleeping Strategy will take a three-pronged approach of prevention, intervention and recovery.

About £30m will be spent on mental health treatment and to help those with addictions to problem substances like spice.

Prime Minister Theresa May said:

"Nobody should have to sleep rough, and that's why we must do all we can to help the most vulnerable in our society get the support they need.

But we recognise this is a complex issue - as well as ensuring people have somewhere to live, we have to deal with underlying problems and ultimately help people turn their lives around.

The strategy launched today will help us act to prevent rough sleeping before it happens and make sure targeted support is reaching those that need it."

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Andrew Frere-Smith runs the King's Lynn Winters Night Shelter, he told KLFM:

"Homelessness is a dreadful situation. Often their needs are very complex but we are able to offer them something and to get to know them and hear their stories.

So many of them are positive. They remain hopeful and they look forward to having a better opportunity in the future."

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