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Bid success to tackle rough sleeping

Published on Wednesday, 27th March 2019

The Borough Council has been successful in its bid for funding to help rough sleepers.

The grant of £150,000 is from a central Government fund to provide the support local authorities need to tackle the issue.

Cllr John Beaumont, portfolio holder for Housing, Health and Communities said:

“We are delighted that the Council’s application for funding has been approved and that the homelessness challenges we face here in the Borough have been recognised. The grant will help our endeavours to get rough sleepers off the streets and to provide compassionate assistance to some of the most vulnerable people in our towns.  

“The extra money will make all the difference - it will enable us to work with our partners to better support some of those individuals in greatest need. Of course, it’s not simply an issue of finding accommodation; very often those who unfortunately find themselves homeless are desperately in need of support in other areas, for example, in finding employment. The grant gives us the opportunity to work with some of those individuals to help them change their circumstances, ultimately allowing them to reconnect to the local community in a positive way, rather than becoming homeless again. 

"The Council is totally committed to combatting homelessness and has done much to improve provision for homeless people in the Borough. New accommodation is already in place in Bedworth town centre and soon, the former Council House in Nuneaton will be converted into a hostel with flexible, modern facilities. We believe that our efforts in this area have been recognised with the award of this grant, which is very much welcomed.”