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Somerset awarded extra funds for rough sleeping

It has been announced that thousands of vulnerable people sleeping rough will get specialist support to recover from life on the streets, thanks to a £25 million funding boost announced (3 May 2019) by Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP.

The money is to be shared with 108 local authorities across the country & will be used to fund innovative local schemes aimed at supporting people off the streets and into stable accommodation where they can receive the tailored care they need.

Three Somerset Councils have just secured government funding to help the most vulnerable rough sleepers off the streets. It’s part of the government’s £100million plan to end rough sleeping by 2027.

The Somerset winners in this latest round of funding are…

  • North Somerset (£74,042)
  • Mendip (£50,000)
  • Somerset West and Taunton (£11,200)

Heather Wheeler, the Housing and Homelessness Minister, said: “We are taking steps to ensure people in Somerset never have to face even one night on the streets.”

“These are vulnerable people, who may be dealing with complex mental health problems or addictions and require specialist support to tackle these issues and turn their lives around.”

“The funding will ensure those sleeping on the streets in Somerset have access to the professional help and guidance they need to get back on their feet – taking us one step closer to ending rough sleeping for good.”

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