Prospectus and application forms for local authorities to bid for funding to prevent homelessness and rough sleeping.
The application process has now closed, and successful areas were announced on the 21 December 2016 (see above).
The Department for Communities and Local Government is launching a programme of targeted interventions to reduce homelessness, starting with £40 million of funding for local areas. This consists of:
- £20 million to establish a network of ambitious Homelessness Prevention Trailblazer areas to develop innovative new approaches to prevent homelessness (Greater Manchester, Newcastle and Southwark have agreed to be early adopters)
- a £10 million rough sleeping grant fund to enable local areas to intervene early with rough sleepers before their problems become entrenched
- £10 million Social Impact Bond funding to turn around the lives of the most entrenched rough sleepers by getting them into accommodation and addressing their complex needs through personalised support
The closing date for bids is 28 November 2016.
The Homelessness Prevention Programme focuses on:
- Universal prevention: timely support for all about housing and financial issues.
- Targeted prevention: better identification of those at risk and providing early interventions.
- Crisis relief: effective interventions and advice to resolve a crisis.
- Recovery: accommodation and support targeted at helping people exit homelessness rapidly.
- Move-on support: longer term support to sustain independent living.
The programme will be backed by expert support and challenge, and reforms to homelessness data, along with a new repository of good practice in tackling homelessness. Successful trailblazer areas will be closely involved in improving data and contributing to good practice.
This package complements the Ministerial Working Group on homelessness’s programme to drive action to tackle homelessness across government, including improving mental health services and access to employment.