Targeted work to support rough sleepers in the town has been given a boost with almost £400,000 awarded to the Council.
A total of £387,500 has been awarded following a successful bid for a share of government’s national £30M pot that was identified for 2018/19 to help Councils further support vulnerable rough sleepers. This funding aims to support actions and interventions expected to have the greatest and the quickest impact on rough sleeping numbers.
Leader of Bournemouth Borough Council, Councillor John Beesley, said: ‘’We are delighted to receive confirmation that our bid has been awarded in full by central government to fund additional rough sleeper services. The funds are to be mobilised as soon as possible, with the aim of reducing rough sleeper numbers ideally before this winter and for services up until the end of March 2019.“
Councillor Robert Lawton, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We will use the money to build on what we already have in place to prevent rough sleeping in Bournemouth. The funds will provide valuable additional capacity for our established rough sleeper team delivered by St Mungos, increase our Housing First project which sources self-contained accommodation with intense support for the most complex rough sleepers (also delivered by St Mungos), recruiting an additional psychological specialist to work with individuals, and increase resources and packages of support to help rough sleepers into the private rented sector.
“The challenge is significant but we are committed to making prompt and effective use of this additional fund and we know that it will make a very real and positive difference to many people’s lives.”
The Council has also submitted a bid for additional funds for 2019/20 and awaits the outcome.