The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced the allocation of a further £46 million for the Rough Sleeping Initiative fund to support those sleeping rough and those at risk in 246 local authorities across England. Of this, £383,323 has been awarded to Bedford Borough Council.
Nationally, this funding will provide for over 750 new staff focused on rough sleeping, including more outreach workers to engage with people on the streets, specialist mental health and substance misuse workers and dedicated co-ordinators to drive efforts to reduce rough sleeping in their areas. It will also provide for over 2,650 new bed spaces including both emergency, temporary and settled accommodation.
“The Rough Sleeping Initiative is having a significant impact on the number of people sleeping rough. I welcome this further funding which will enable the local authority to continue to support more people off the streets and into safe and secure accommodation”.