Lucy Allan has welcomed the Government’s announcement that more than £25 million will be allocated to 108 areas across the country, including Telford providing vital funding to help the most vulnerable rough sleepers off the streets as part of the Government’s £100 million plan to end rough sleeping by 2027.
Telford & Wrekin Council is set to receive £187,700.00 as part of this funding, which will provide rough sleepers with the specialist support they need to get off the streets for good. Local authorities such as Telford & Wrekin will use this investment to fund innovative local schemes aimed at supporting vulnerable people so they are able to get into stable accommodation where they will then receive the tailored care they need.
This will include:
- Somewhere Safe to Stay rough sleeping centres – where people on the streets can access professional help and guidance, including immediate shelter and mental health support.
- Navigator posts – specialist support workers who direct people to the services they need, such as counselling, housing advice services, mental health support or substance misuse services.
- Supported Lettings Schemes – helping people to secure tenancies in properties that they may not otherwise be able to access.
- Dedicated Local Letting Agencies – specialist agencies that support vulnerable people into affordable and stable accommodation.
Commenting, Lucy Allan said:
“The Conservative Party is working hard to ensure no one has to spend a night on the streets, and this investment will provide vulnerable people in Telford with the support they need to get off the streets for good. We have some fantastic organisations in Telford such as Stay and Maninplace who help the most vulnerable people in our community.
“Local authorities will be able to use the funding to develop the right support for vulnerable rough sleepers in their local areas. Telford & Wrekin Council has put forward some innovative plans that I know will make a real difference to people’s lives, and I look forward to working with them so that no one in Telford has to spend a night on the streets.”
Housing and Homelessness Minister Heather Wheeler MP said:
“We are taking steps to ensure people in Telford never have to face even one night on the streets.
“These are vulnerable people, who may be dealing with complex mental health problems or addictions and require specialist support to tackle these issues and turn their lives around.
“The funding confirmed today will ensure those sleeping on the streets in Telford have access to the professional help and guidance they need to get back on their feet – taking us one step closer to ending rough sleeping for good.”