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HELPING HOMELESS: Watford council receives £1.6million to tackle rough sleeping

 Published on: 1st November 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

The government is providing funding for Watford Borough Council (WBC) for new, long-term homes for rough sleepers and other vulnerable people.

In total, projects across England will receive more than £150million to deliver more than 3,300 secure homes by the end of March 2021, providing long-term accommodation to vulnerable people to keep them safe from coronavirus and rebuild their lives.

Watford will receive £1,650,570 for local schemes that provide secure ‘move on’ style accommodation for people at risk of sleeping on the streets, while Three Rivers District Council will receive £513,000.

This is part of the government’s investment of £433million to deliver 6,000 new homes for rough sleepers by the end of this Parliament and builds on the ‘Everyone In’ campaign launched at the start of the pandemic, which has helped support over 29,000 vulnerable people.

In total, 276 schemes have been approved across England, which will deliver 904 new homes for rough sleepers in London and 2,430 elsewhere across the country.

Dean Russell, MP for Watford, said: “ I’d like to thank all those involved for everything they’ve done to get people off our streets and into secure, safe accommodation. Since being elected as the MP for Watford, one of my priorities has been lobbying the government for additional funding to tackle homelessness.

“I am delighted at these results.  If we are to deliver on the promise we made in our manifesto to end rough sleeping by the end of this Parliament, then the people who have been helped need  access to long-term housing that gives them the safety and security in order to rebuild their lives, which is exactly what the funding announced will do.

“In particular I’d like to pay tribute to New Hope who work so hard to help support those living on our streets.”

Picture credit: New Hope

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