Government awards £240,000 extra funding to help homelessness in Worcestershire

Funding of more than £240,000 has been awarded to Worcestershire to boost work supporting single people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

The county has secured £242,968 from the Government's Single Homeless Fund. The money will be made available over two years and will help boost work already taking place across Worcestershire.

Single people at risk of becoming homeless are often particularly vulnerable, and some of this funding will specifically help individuals who are on the verge of being released from prison or being discharged from hospital and are at risk of becoming homeless.

Extra officers will be taken on to work with single homeless people in partnership with other local organisations that can support them, including St Paul's Hostel in Worcester, local Clinical Commissioning Groups, Worcester Housing and Benefit Advice Centre (WHABAC) and several others.

Worcester City Council led the successful bid for the Government cash with Malvern Hills and the other local district councils (Bromsgrove, Wychavon, Wyre Forest and Redditch), with support from Worcestershire County Council.

Councillor Melanie Baker, Malvern Hills Portfolio Holder for Planning and Housing, said: "This is very welcome news.  The funding will help Worcestershire councils to work together to support single people at risk of homelessness and ensure they do not become vulnerable rough sleepers." 

She continued: "I know from my own personal experience of being homeless for over a year that single people all too often fall through the gaps.  It was only with the help of friends and family that I didn't end up on the streets.  This funding will help us ensure that people in a similar position to me are given the right support."  

This additional funding will also support the introduction of a No Second Night Out policy in Worcestershire, ensuring that no one has to sleep rough in the county for more than one night.