Last Updated: 10 Jun 2019 12:16pm
Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council working with Sevenoaks District Council, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Look Ahead and Porchlight, has successfully secured funding of £145,000 from central government to establish a Rapid Rehousing Pathway. Combined with the earlier successful Rough Sleeper Initiative funding bid for Tonbridge and Malling, this will allow the Council to continue to develop suitable and sustainable pathways into accommodation for those who are sleeping rough and also prevent homelessness for those who have accommodation but may struggle to sustain it.
The funding secured will allow the Council to run distinct projects with the aim of reducing rough sleeping in the borough, supporting those who have been on the streets for a longer time as well as those who may find themselves newly out on the street.
The Rapid Rehousing Pathway is a fundamental part of the Government’s approach to homelessness, ensuring that those who sleep rough, or are at risk of rough sleeping, rapidly get the support they need to move away from the streets through to sustained accommodation. This funding has been awarded to enable the Council to deliver some low level supported housing and fund a navigator post, which would be a single point of contact to assist those with more complex needs. The Council hopes to be able to help rough sleepers, and those at risk of rough sleeping, access the support and settled housing they need to leave the streets for good.
The supported lettings project will support 15 individuals across the districts over a one year period and Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council will work with Look Ahead to deliver this aspect of the initiative. The funding will provide flexible floating support in homes provided for people with a history of rough sleeping, helping them to sustain their tenancies in homes across the housing sector.
Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s cabinet member for Housing, Cllr Piers Montague said: “We are delighted to have been successful in securing this funding, which will enable us to do even more to assist rough sleepers, and those at risk, into permanent accommodation. The Housing team have secured this funding over a strong field of contenders and their hard work has certainly paid off”.