Sunday, August 9, 2020

Lincoln rough sleeping initiative secures further funding

An initiative helping rough sleepers in Lincoln has secured more than £1 million in additional funding so it can help more lives for another year.

City of Lincoln Council was awarded £1.07 million in the latest round of Rough Sleeping Initiative Funding, administered by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government.

The funding will allow the rough sleeping team to carry on their work which entails helping people who are sleeping rough within the city and assisting them to leave the street and find safe and suitable accommodation.

The Rough Sleeping Project was set up by the council a year ago and is already making huge strides in tackling rough sleeping and helping those in need. This is due to the improved pathway for people sleeping rough which has led to many successes within their work.

The team has recently increased its prevention work and this is an area they are looking to develop further over the coming year.

Altogether, the team have been able to house 105  people, assisted 171 people with mental health problems, prevented 42 people from sleeping rough, had 97 people through the Somewhere Safe to Stay hub and have dealt with 517 housing enquiries.

The additional funding will improve prevention within the city and local areas. This will be fulfilled through funding for three Rough Sleeping Officers and will enable the team to work more closely with the prison and hospital so that they can identify potential rough sleepers and tackle this as soon as possible.

There is also additional funding for four Housing Support Workers to ensure a successful stay in temporary accommodation and through into a permanent tenancy.

“The additional money will enable us to continue tackling the challenges we face in dealing with the issue of rough sleeping and to improve the care provided for those affected by it,” said Donald Nannestad, Portfolio Holder for Quality Housing at City of Lincoln Council.

“We will remain working in partnership with local providers including Framework Housing, P3, YMCA and Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust to ensure those who are sleeping rough within the city can find safe and settled accommodation.”

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