Earlier this week, the Government pledged £30m to boost support programmes helping rough sleepers into accommodation. Cornwall is one of 83 areas to be targeted, with £430k promised for crisis hostel accommodation, cold weather provision and assertive outreach, which targets the most disengaged rough sleepers with chronic support needs, offering a range of support to end their homelessness
Recipient councils will be supported by the government’s new Rough Sleeping Initiative Team, which comprises experts from the sector with a proven track record of successfully helping rough sleepers, and preventing those at risk from becoming homeless.
The Government will be publishing its long-term Rough Sleeping Strategy in July, that sets out a comprehensive plan to halve rough sleeping by 2022, and eliminate it entirely by 2027. The plan has been developed in conjunction with charities and local government, and will put in place more routes away from the streets, and preventative measures.
Plymouth will also be given funding of £363,000, to develop a multi-agency team to deliver bespoke interventions for rough sleepers, as well as temporary accommodation and housing coupled, with support for rough sleepers.
Cornwall Council have already invested £1.1m in a Rough Sleeper Reduction Strategy, launched in 2017. This multi-agency programme has already reduced the numbers of rough sleepers from 99 in November 2016 to 68 in November 2017.
Crisis, the homelessness charity, has also launched its plan to end homelessness, as mentioned in our news post of 11 June. You can read it here.