Hopkins unveils £65m extra funding to tackle homelessness
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government
Housing Minister Kris Hopkins and Communities Minister Stephen Williams have announced £65 million of funding for councils and other organisations to tackle homelessness around the country.
Hopkins was at Arlington, the largest mixed-use hostel in the UK, to mark the Camden facility’s fourth anniversary and meet residents on Tuesday. Arlington is owned and managed by One Housing Group.
Hopkins said: "People at risk of homelessness need more than just a roof over their head. They also need help with their education, employment and health so they have the right skills, confidence and opportunities to succeed. That’s why this government has increased spending on preventing homelessness and why we’ve worked hard to ensure that homelessness acceptances are now lower than in 27 of the last 30 years.
"Additionally we are giving £65m to help councils and charities provide tailored support to homeless people, so they can find stable accommodation and live independent and fulfilling lives.”
The funding will be invested across five programmes:
• £8m Help for Single Homeless Fund to improve council services for single people facing the prospect of homelessness. A prospectus published Tuesday will help councils, in groups of 3 or more, prepare their bids for up to £250,000. Bids must be submitted by 8 August 2014.
• £15m Fair Chance Fund, a “payments by results” scheme, that will provide accommodation, education, training and employment opportunities for around 2,000 young homeless people. Altogether 74 organisations submitted successful expressions of interest and will now be able to submit a full bid for funding, by 29 August, using the prospectus published Tuesday.
• £41.5m will be shared between Homelessness Change funding to provide tailored temporary hostel accommodation for rough sleepers to get them off the streets and transform their lives through health, training and education facilities, and Platform for Life funding to provide shared accommodation for young people at risk of homelessness so they have a stable platform for work and study. These programmes will be delivered by the Homes and Communities Agency and the Greater London Authority. A bidding prospectus will be published in summer 2014, and the fund will run from 2014 to 2016.
• More than £580,000 to extend the Homelessness Gold Standard scheme, which helps councils to improve frontline housing services for homeless families and single people. The government says 97% of councils have already engaged with the scheme.