New £20m Fund to Tackle Rough Sleeping and Homelessness in England

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A new £20m grants scheme has been opened up by Homeless Link for voluntary sector organisations working to tackle rough sleeping in England, with £8m being given out in the first funding round.

We want to help charities to continue to develop new, more effective ways to stop people living on the streets.

A new £20m grants scheme has been opened up by Homeless Link for voluntary sector organisations working to tackle rough sleeping in England, with £8m being given out in the first funding round.

The Homelessness Transition Fund will award grants of up to £250,000 to protect and enhance essential services for single homeless people. Grants will also be awarded to support the introduction of No Second Night Out and other new ways to end rough sleeping.

The independent Fund has been set up to help support the Government’s rough sleeping strategy ‘Vision to end rough sleeping: No Second Night Out nationwide’. Administered by Homeless Link, the umbrella body for homelessness charities, the Fund will award £20m over the next three years.

Currently running as a pilot across London, No Second Night Out is a standard that the Government wants every local authority in England to adopt. No Second Night Out involves having the right services in place to make sure that anyone who ends up on the streets gets rapid help so they don’t spend a second night on the streets.

Commenting, Chair of Homeless Link, Ann Skinner said:
“We have made real progress in tackling rough sleeping and reducing homelessness in England.

“Voluntary organisations are better than ever at preventing people from losing their homes and, if they do end up on the streets, supporting them to get back on their feet.

“More people needed help as a result of the recession and cuts to funding for homelessness services have put this progress at risk.

“We hope that the Fund will help to make sure that progress is not lost. We aim to help protect essential services, giving them the breathing space they need to secure their futures. We also want to help charities to continue to move forward, developing new, more effective ways to stop people living on the streets.”

Organisations have until the 30th September to submit applications.

Notes to editors
1.‘Vision to end rough sleeping: No Second Night Out nationwide’ was published by Department for Communities and Local Government on 7 July 2011. It aims to bring together eight government departments to “tackle the complex causes of homelessness” through six core commitments. The roll out of the No Second Night Out across England and setting up of the Homelessness Transition Fund are key elements in the strategy.

2. About Homeless Link
Homeless Link is the national charity representing over 500 organisations working directly with homeless people in England, and works with local and national government. As the national hub for information and debate on homelessness, Homeless Link seeks improve services and to advocate policy change that will end homelessness in England.

http://www.homeless.org.uk
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