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Government awards Crisis £2m to support housing projects

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Communities

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Homelessness charity Crisis has been awarded £2 million by the government to put towards grants to local housing projects across England.

The charity's private renting programme is aiming to help 2,250 homeless people find decent and stable rented accommodation over the next two years.

It is financially supporting 42 projects in cities and towns across the country, including Blackpool, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Southampton and Wigan.

Leslie Morphy, Crisis chief executive, said: “We know that private renting has the potential to provide decent and stable homes for homeless people. But many will struggle to do this on their own. The projects that Crisis supports are crucial. They help vulnerable people to find suitable, lasting tenancies whilst setting the standards for others to follow.”

The Department for Communities and Local Government awarded the cash to enable the charity to continue its private renting programme, which has already funded 153 projects over the past three years – helping more than 8,000 homeless people into new homes.

Local projects recruit and support good landlords, matching them to potential tenants, who they also help with deposits as well as ongoing help with budgeting and household advice needs.

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins said: “We are determined to help prevent and tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. That’s why we have invested £470m over four years to ensure that support is available to the most vulnerable people across the country. The £2m to Crisis will help 2,250 single homeless people get the support they need to get into homes and start to rebuild their lives.”

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