Council awarded new funding to tackle rough sleeping

Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

A successful bid for Government funding will help the council do more to reduce rough sleeping in Wandsworth.

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The town hall has been awarded just under £700,000 to support rough sleepers and help bring them in from the streets. This is an increase of just under £200,000 from the current year’s Government funding.

The cash will be used to fund an additional case worker, known as ‘navigators’, to guide rough sleepers off the streets and into accommodation as rapidly as possible, a coordinator to help pull all strands of this complex work together, personal budgets to help people move smoothly off the street into a new home and for 12 new units of supported accommodation.

Help will be given both to people who have just begun sleeping on the streets and those more entrenched. The navigators will work with individual rough sleepers to negotiate a personalised route into accommodation. The specialised local letting agency will be continue to source tenancies for the homeless to move into.

Councillor Kim Caddy, Cabinet Member for Housing said: “We work hard to tackle rough sleeping in our borough and persuade people to come in off the streets and move into safe accommodation. We are pleased to have our work in this area recognised and reinforced by this continued, and increased funding.

“Making a difference to our most disadvantaged residents is a key priority for the council. Working closely with our partners – including SPEAR - we will use this funding to reduce rough sleeping and improve the life chances of those who have fallen into the worst form of homelessness.

“Assisting people off the streets requires trust, persistence and resources and we are pleased to have successfully bid for this important extra funding.”

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