More Government support for Northampton rough sleepers

Published: Thursday, 30 January 2020

The Government has just confirmed more than half a million pounds to continue supporting Northampton Borough Council’s work with people who are sleeping rough.

In its announcement, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has promised £514,100 for a range of measures, some of which are already having a positive impact.

It builds on the work started last year, when an MHCLG grant of £480,000 funded eleven new members of staff that are dedicated to tackling, preventing and reducing rough sleeping.

These include a rough sleepers co-ordinator, additional street outreach workers, a team of rough sleeper navigators and a housing transitions officer working with prisons

Cllr Stephen Hibbert, Council Cabinet member for housing and wellbeing, said: “The announcement of this new funding means that we can continue employing these additional staff and recruit a dedicated drug and alcohol outreach worker.

“We will also be able to help with the staffing of a shared housing project that NAASH is planning to set up for female rough sleepers this year.

“Working in partnership with all of the other services in the town, these new and existing staff will offer rough sleepers the help and support they need to come off the streets, move into settled housing and rebuild their lives.”