The Borough Council of Wellingborough has been awarded over £68,000 from central government to help get people off the street and into accommodation.
The council worked with Support Northamptonshire to apply for funding earlier this year and both organisations have been successful in their bid. The funding has been granted by Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP and forms part of the government’s £100 million Rough Sleeping Initiative.
The backing will create a new outreach service in Wellingborough and will fund an outreach support officer based at the council, personalisation fund and an outreach/coordination support officer based in the voluntary sector.
These workers will try and co-ordinate services to support the person into housing and help them maintain their homes - both rough sleepers and statutory homeless.
Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Cllr Martin Griffiths, said: “It is excellent news that Wellingborough Council and Support Northamptonshire have received funding for two outreach support officers. These officers will work closely with our housing team to ensure that all residents have access to safe and warm place to sleep at night.
“We will continue to employ new strategies and invest further funding to ensure that we are doing everything we can to address rough sleeping and reduce homelessness in Wellingborough.”
Pratima Dattani, CEO of Support Northamptonshire, added: “Support Northamptonshire are really pleased to receive funding for outreach work which will provide essential support for people who are homeless and we will work with statutory and non- statutory agencies to help reduce homelessness in Wellingborough”
The council has applied for further funding, which will support its work to offer housing assistance and advice for residents.
For more information about the £46 million that has been awarded to councils across the country click here.
For more information on the housing assistance and support that the council can provide, call the Housing Options team on: 01933 229777.