The Government has announced that more than £200 million pounds of additional funding will be allocated to local authorities across England, to help tackle rough sleeping and provide appropriate support for people living on the street.
Watford will be receiving more than £500,000 to help support local organisations that work with those who are sleeping rough.
Dean Russell MP said: “In this day and age, no one should have to sleep on the street, and I am pleased that the Government has reiterated its strong and continuing commitment to end rough sleeping.
“I have spoken in the Commons before about the fantastic work which happens in Watford thanks to organisations such as New Hope and One YMCA, and whilst I welcome the £4 million of government funding which had already been allocated in the past 12 months or so, this additional half a million will really help with the ambition to end rough sleeping in Watford, and to turn lives around.
“We have seen huge moves during the pandemic to get people off the street and into accommodation to help with a fresh start. I am pleased that we are seeing such a joined-up approach to tackle this issue, by bringing together departments such as housing, mental health care, drug, and alcohol addiction support. Putting a roof over someone’s head is just the start, a whole package of care is required, and this is why we need to ensure that local organisations are getting the support that they need.”