Funding secured to support borough's homeless during pandemic
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has secured £56,000 from the Government’s Next Steps Accommodation Fund to build on the successful work already taken place since the national lockdown began in March.
Working with partners from the Basingstoke and Deane Social Inclusion Partnership, 86 households who could have faced sleeping on the streets, have been placed in safe and secure accommodation with tailored support provided. Over 750 households have been given support and advice during the pandemic.
This funding bid will provide additional support during the winter months to fund a transition and recovery worker who will help to support people as they move from the streets, through emergency accommodation and into settled homes.
The funding will be also be used to provide additional support during the cold winter months. Traditionally, the Social Inclusion Partnership has worked with volunteers from the churches to hold a winter night shelter in the coldest months of the year, during the pandemic this approach will need to be revised to protect volunteers and guests and to reduce the movement from venue to venue. This additional funding will help support those solutions to ensure the borough’s rough sleepers are given the right help and are safe and secure during the colder months of this crisis.
Cabinet Member for Homes and Families and Chair of the Social Inclusion Partnership Cllr Tristan Robinson said: “We are facing difficult times and the cold winter weather presents further challenges as we continue our work together to help get people off the streets and keep them off the streets. Together we have made tremendous progress and I’m delighted a number of those people helped are now moving into their own accommodation. This would not have been possible without the expertise, energy and real passion demonstrated by our Social Inclusion Partnership members.
“I would like to congratulate everyone who was involved, including council officers, for their work to secure this funding for the borough and I would like to thank every single member of the Social Inclusion Partnership who has made such a tremendous difference over the past seven months of the pandemic. We are all working to achieve a shared goal of ending rough sleeping in the borough and we will continue to work hard, exploring all opportunities to achieve this.”
For more information on where to get help and advice visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/covid-19-housing