Million pound funding boost to fight rough sleeping
Gloucestershire has been allocated £1million from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to help people sleeping rough to move away from a life on the streets for good.
Gloucestershire County Council has secured £1,007,160 funding as part of the Government’s Rough Sleeping Initiative 2020/21. The money will be used to strengthen the county’s outreach services and ensure the ‘safe place to stay’ homeless hubs in central Gloucester and central Cheltenham go from strength to strength.
The rough sleeper hubs, which have supported over 200 people since opening last year, are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide a safe environment away from the street. On arrival to the hub, staff rapidly assess a person’s needs and design a personal housing plan to make sure that there is no reason for them to stay sleeping rough.
Within 72 hours, individuals are fully assessed including identifying specialist support for complex needs such as mental health problems and substance misuse, and they receive a personal housing plan to prevent them from rough sleeping. The service brings together all relevant partners so that whatever the solution is, it can be designed based on an individual’s needs.
Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for adult social care delivery, said: “We are committed to ending rough sleeping and welcome the additional funding from Government which will help us, and our partners, to continue and strengthen the vital work we do to turn people’s lives around and get them off the streets for good.
“If you spot someone sleeping outside, I would encourage you to contact Streetlink online or by using the app. A message is sent immediately to the local outreach team P3, who will try to find the person as quickly as possible and if necessary bring them into one of the hubs where they will receive one to one support to develop a personal plan.”
- This infographic shows the support available for rough sleepers in Gloucestershire.
- You can refer anyone you see who might be homeless to the local rough sleeping outreach team. Outreach will then find and engage with them, and help them access appropriate housing and support services. This is easily done through the national referral tool, Streetlink – via the app, streetlink.org.uk, or 0300 500 0914 (open 24/7).