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Government announce successful bids for Homeless Prevention Fund 22/12/2016

Prime Minister Theresa May has unveiled successful bids against the Government's £50 million Homeless Prevention Fund.


On a visit to Thames Reach Employment Academy in Southwark on 21 December, Theresa May and Sajid Javid announced details of winning bids set to benefit from the total £50 million government funding announced earlier this year.


The successful proposals submitted by local authorities include plans for improved collaboration between different agencies to better identify at risk households, targeting interventions well before they are threatened with eviction.


The successful bids are part of a total £50 million national government funding announced in October which includes:


  • £20 million for Homelessness Prevention Trailblazers to pilot new initiatives to tackle homelessness in their area
  • £20 million in rough sleeping grants to provide targeted support for those at imminent risk of sleeping rough or those new to the streets
  • £10 million in locally commissioned Social Impact Bonds to help long-term rough sleepers with the most complex needs.


Several ARCH members are among the list of successful bidders including:


Birmingham which has been given a £1.7 million boost to prevent homelessness which could help up to an additional 9,000 people by tackling the root causes that can lead to someone losing their home. Proposals include a new Partnership Board to take responsibility for homelessness services across Birmingham, new dedicated teams to support vulnerable people leaving custody and hospital with no fixed address, and specialist early advice through Web chat, Skype and phone calls for anyone who thinks they might be at risk of losing their home.


Brighton which has been awarded £352,344 to fund a Dual Diagnosis worker to support rough sleepers with both substance misuse and mental health needs, and a navigator worker to help those new to the streets or experiencing hidden forms of homelessness to get the emergency accommodation and support they need.


See a list of all successful funding allocations and details of the bidding prospectus and application forms.

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