East Suffolk Council has secured over £600,000 to help support rough sleepers in the district.
Following a successful bid to the Government’s Rough Sleeping Initiative, the Council has been awarded an additional £693,735 to support work with rough sleepers over the next year. The national initiative has allocated £112million to help get people off the streets and into safe accommodation.
The East Suffolk funding will enable the employment of new street outreach and a specialist to work with vulnerable adults. The funding will also enable the council to retain the services of a rough sleeper coordinator, specialist mental health workers and ensures the continuation of an eight-bed rapid assessment hub. Staff will be solely focused on working with those sleeping on the streets, providing increased support and helping to find accommodation for those in need.
Cllr Richard Kerry, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for Housing said:
“Through our work with our partners, we are committed to increasing the support available to people sleeping rough in East Suffolk and preventing homelessness by tackling the underlying causes and supporting vulnerable households. We have seen a decrease in the number of rough sleepers this year however we are determined to further reduce this figure.”
By working with local partners, including Notting Hill Genesis Housing Association, Access Community Trust, Anglia Care Trust, Home Group and other partners, the Council is continuously working to reduce the number of rough sleepers. As a result of this work, the 2019 Rough Sleeper count identified a total of 13 rough sleepers in East Suffolk, which represents a 41% reduction on the previous year.