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NBBC granted £12k funding to help rough sleepers

Published on Tuesday, 19th November 2019

NBBC has been successful in a recent bid to obtain funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) for a Cold Weather Fund to support rough sleepers.

This specific funding will enable the Council to offer bespoke assistance to a small number of homeless people that have found themselves sleeping on the streets, and for various reasons can’t or won’t access the Rough Sleeper Hostel, or Winter Night Shelters.

The money will be utilised to support individuals identified by the Council and partner agencies who meet the criteria and will be used during the winter months to secure temporary accommodation.

The Council will continue to work closely with Doorway, P3, St. Basils, and the Salvation Army and Churches over the coming months to ensure no one is sleeping without shelter at the coldest time of the year.

Dawn Dawson, Director - Housing, Communities & Economic Development said:

“This money has come at a crucial time and will go towards helping our borough’s most vulnerable residents. We are working closely with our partner agencies to ensure that this support can be accessed easily and swiftly by the correct individuals.

“This is the worst time of the year to be sleeping on the streets and we will ensure we do all we can to help these vulnerable individuals access the help they need. Every penny counts and it is great to see that more funding has been made available to help this cause.” 

Esther Barrett, Head of Support and Community Services and Transformation Programme for P3 said:

“We are committed to finding solutions for people who are sleeping rough, and when bad weather occurs, it can become a life threatening situation for people. This funding will assist those most vulnerable and help us to give people alternative solutions, therefore it is very much welcomed!”