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Thames Reach welcomes new Government funding package

17 October 2016


Rough sleeping outreach landscape
Outreach services are just one way in which Thames Reach helps to tackle homelessness in the capital

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 consisting of:

  • £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 multi-agency partnerships.
  • £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.”