Camden, Haringey and Barnet given funding boost for plans to tackle rough sleeping
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The three boroughs, along with three other local authorities, each secured a share of £1.7 million from the government to support more residents affected by homelessness.
Funding came from the Department of Communities and Local Government Homelessness Prevention Programme as part of the North London Housing Partnership.
The first portion comprises £917,500 for a prevention programme which will see a network of trailblazer areas established across England to provide early assistance and advice to households to prevent them becoming homeless.
The North London Housing Partnership also secured a Rough Sleeping Programme grant of £390,000 to bolster an existing programme to provide more emergency accommodation for rough sleepers or people at imminent risk of sleeping on the streets.
Outside of those, Haringey has also been given a further Rough Sleeping Programme grant of £397,875 as part of its efforts to support residents who find themselves on the streets.
The funds will drive a programme delivered by charity Thames Reach to encourage voluntary sector and faith-based organisations to work with existing services to share information and co-ordinate resources helping rough sleepers in the borough.
They will also be used to fund a project led by homelessness charity St Mungo’s to work with mental health, drug and alcohol services. It will also allow them to work with rough sleepers’ families and friends to establish a community hosting service to ensure people have a safe place to stay while the council work with them to resolve their situation.
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The money will also finance the appointment of a dedicated rough sleeping strategy and monitoring co-ordinator to work with north London authorities and the Greater London authority to tackle homelessness.
Haringey Cllr Alan Strickland, cabinet member for housing, regeneration and planning said: “We are determined to do more to prevent our residents becoming homeless and to better support those who do.
“Haringey’s Housing Strategy makes clear that we can’t tackle these issues alone, which is why we’re working closely with other boroughs and are pleased to have won this vital injection of new funding.
“It is not right that more and more people are finding themselves sleeping rough in 2017 and these new projects show our determination to do all we can to support residents in crisis.”