People sleeping rough in Portsmouth are to get more support, following a successful bid for funding by the Liberal Democrat run city council.
The city council will use the cash to provide more housing advice and intensive support to homeless people.
- For people already sleeping rough, the goal will be to help them settle into long-term accommodation.
- For people newly homeless, the aim will be to prevent them sleeping rough.
The money – almost £650,000 from the government's 2020-21 rough sleeping initiative – will also help continue services for homeless people. These include night shelters, and a day service which offers showers, breakfasts, evening meals, laundry facilities, blankets and a clothing store.
It will also ensure the council’s one-to-one support service can carry on. This involves specialist workers called ‘navigators’ offering individual day-to-day support, helping former rough sleepers settle into long-term accommodation.
Cllr Darren Sanders, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “The Liberal Democrats in Portsmouth are making tackling homeless a priority. This money is very welcome and will make a big difference to people here who need support to keep them off the streets, and help in finding secure, long-term places to live. It will enable the council to provide more advice and support to people with complex issues.”
If you are homeless, or worried about becoming homeless more information can be found here https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/housing/looking-for-a-home/if-you-become-homeless
Anyone who is concerned about someone sleeping rough can let support services know here https://www.streetlink.org.uk/