Thames Reach has welcomed the Government’s announcement
of a new £40 million funding package aimed at preventing homelessness and
turning around the lives of people sleeping rough.
The Department for Communities and Local Government is
launching a programme of targeted interventions to reduce homelessness
£20 million to establish a
network of ambitious Homelessness Prevention Trailblazer areas across England
who want to go further and faster with reform and develop innovative new approaches
to prevent homelessness (Greater Manchester, Newcastle and Southwark have
agreed to be early adopter Trailblazer areas).
A £10 million rough sleeping
grant fund to enable local areas to intervene early with rough sleepers before
their problems become entrenched, to develop ways to ensure they have somewhere
safe to stay and do not have to sleep on the streets and to build better local
£10 million to turn around the
lives of the most entrenched 1,500 to 2,000 rough sleepers in England, by
getting them into accommodation and addressing their complex needs through
personalised support with Social Impact Bond funding – a financial contract in
which investors pay for a set of interventions to improve social outcomes and
in return receive payments based on the success of the project.
This package complements a programme set up by the Ministerial Working
Group on homelessness to drive action to tackle homelessness across Government,
including improving mental health services and access to employment.
Thames Reach Chief Executive Jeremy Swain, said: “Every day our teams witness
the terrible impact of homelessness on the lives of men and women in desperate
need of settled accommodation - somewhere to call home.
“The government’s programme
of targeted interventions provides a massive opportunity to help people escape
homelessness for good and to develop more effective ways of enabling people to
avoid homelessness in the first place. With the number of rough sleepers on our
streets continuing to rise, we must use these resources imaginatively and
effectively to reduce and, ultimately, end the scourge of street homelessness
in this country.”