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West Norfolk to get £120k as part of government's rough sleeping initiative

West Norfolk to get £120k as part of government's rough sleeping initiative

Published by Grace Mcgachy
5:32am 30th January 2020.

Over a million pounds of government funding is headed to Norfolk to help those sleeping rough. 

£121,270.00 will be used to help those in West Norfolk. 

The funding, which is part of the government's Rough Sleeping Initiative, is being made available in the 2020/21 financial year.


West Norfolk BC said the money will be used to provide three support workers. 

"The first element is continued funding for two intensive support workers who work with complex cases and people with multiple issues so that they can be helped back into accommodation, employment and be directed to any benefit or wellbeing support they may need.

The other support worker is a new specialist mental health support worker, to work particularly with homeless people who are living with mental health conditions.

This links in with our recently adopted Homeless and Rough Sleeping Strategy."

Council across the East of England to share £11.4m of Rough Sleeping Initiative funding to help them get people off the streets and into accommodation. 

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP announced the move earlier this week. 

Nationally, this funding is a 30 per cent increase this year and will be used by local authorities, charities and other organisations to fund up to 282 new bed spaces and 282 support staff across the region.  This will help vulnerable rough sleepers get what they need to rebuild their lives. 

This could mean a roof over their head, access to specialist mental health or addiction services, or advice on how to secure a home in the long term.

 

Homelessness Minister Luke Hall MP said: 

"No-one should have to face a night on the street, and we have a moral duty to support those who need help the most.

It is encouraging to see more people getting the support they need, but there is always more to do. 
 
"There are people all over the East of England working tirelessly to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in our society.

Our Rough Sleeping Initiative is proving to be successful, and this funding will mean this vital work can be continued as we set out to end rough sleeping once and for all." 

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