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LIFE-CHANGING: Council launches scheme to prevent rough sleeping in Hertsmere

 Published on: 16th August 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A scheme to help people move off the streets and into longer-term homes has launched, following a successful bid for government funding.

In partnership with charity One YMCA, Clarion Housing Group and Hertfordshire County Council (HCC), Hertsmere Council have transformed a former under-used into a 24-room accommodation and complex needs support service which will help vulnerable people who have been sleeping rough or are at risk of doing so.

Funding for the project was secured from a successful £165,000 Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) Rough Sleeping Initiative bid. The government initiative seeks to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping, by providing specialist services and ongoing support to those most at risk, and a route into settled accommodation.

Councillor Jean Heywood, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Transport, said: “This scheme represents more than just a bed to sleep in – for service users, it’s a real chance to get back on their feet.

“Through this scheme, each resident will not only be given a roof over their heads but within 72 hours they will be allocated a dedicated support worker and their needs assessed. They will then be provided with a support plan that is centred around them and works around their needs.

Mark Turner, Director of Operations at One YMCA, said: “The nature, amount and specialism of support provided to each of the residents in this new scheme will be not only life changing, but in many cases life saving.”

The scheme was retrospectively approved last month.

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