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Cash injection into homeless support for the county


More support and investment for people who are struggling to find a way out of homelessness and rough sleeping in Gloucestershire.

In partnership with district councils, the council has secured a £990k 'social impact bond' (SIB) investment from the Department Communities and Local Government. The bond, which will be spread over four years, will play a large part in how the council continues to deliver support to homeless people in Gloucestershire and work with district councils to tackle rough sleeping.

As a result of the bond, people in the most vulnerable circumstances and those who are entrenched rough sleepers will be allocated with a personal link worker who will support them on their journey to a positive, settled and more secure future.

The one on one support will continue when the person has found accommodation, helping them to avoid returning to homelessness or rough sleeping.

To work alongside the bond, the council is extending its five contracts with the services that support the homeless and rough sleepers until October next year. By doing this, all five contracts will be aligned together.

The extension of the contracts, together with the SIB investment, will allow the new look services to offer a targeted personalised approach to some of the most vulnerable people in the county, specifically those who have become entrenched within the homelessness system.

When the five contracts come to an end in 2018, the council will use the learning gained this year to see how the SIB has impacted the support offered and how services can be further improved moving forward. 

Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for long term care at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "We're aware that the current services aren't reaching everyone and that we need to do more to help those who have been rough sleeping or homeless for a long time. This new personalised approach will help us specifically support these people whilst also focusing on breaking the cycle of repeat homelessness.

"Supporting the homeless and rough sleepers in Gloucestershire is a responsibility that both the county council and district councils take very seriously. Our commitment to work together, and this additional funding, will mean we can really make a difference to some of the county's most vulnerable people."

Along with accommodation based support, the county council provides support in the community to people in vulnerable circumstances and at risk of homelessness across the county. Helping them develop the skills and confidence they need to manage and sustain their own homes.

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