Funding to help rough sleepers into new accommodation

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND. Outreach team speak to rough sleepers and homeless people in Liverpool city centre. Picture: Jennifer Bruce/Liverpool City Council.

Liverpool has successfully bid for £745,000 from the Government to help rough sleepers housed during the pandemic into permanent accommodation.

The funding, from the ‘Everyone In’ programme, will be used by the council to support with securing tenancies and providing vulnerable people with household items to settle them into their new homes.

Councillor Paul Brant, Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care, said: “Rough sleeping is a hugely complex issue and the reasons why people end up on the streets are unique and tragic for that person. Liverpool City Council is determined to stop a slide back to the pre Covid-19 position by default. We are proud of our pioneering work locally alongside our local charities and local social housing providers.

“This money will help us on the journey to give rough sleepers a viable and permanent route off the streets.”

Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing, Kelly Tolhurst MP, said: “This funding will make a real difference to vulnerable peoples’ lives in the North West, continuing to help them address complex needs, and to rebuild their lives, away from the streets in safer interim accommodation.

“I want to commend councils across the region along with their partners for the support they’ve provided so far. Together we are providing the essential support required that will help end rough sleeping and break the cycle of homelessness.”