Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council win bid for Rough Sleeping Initiative funding

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Last Updated: 02 Apr 2019 11:41am

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council have been successful in securing £100,000 of funding after submitting a bid under the Government’s Rough Sleeping Initiative to help homeless people off the streets of the Borough.

As part of its Rough Sleeping Initiative, a targeted £45m fund was announced by the Government in September 2018 for local authorities to be used in 2019-20. This included an £11m fund to support areas outside of the initial 83 local authorities who had been supported in 2018-19.

From this fund, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council has been awarded £100,000 for the 2019-20 period which will provide necessary funding to develop housing options in the private sector and to deliver a pilot Housing First project. Housing First is an approach in which independent, stable housing is provided as an initial platform to enable individuals with multiple and complex needs to begin recovery and move away from homelessness. The individuals are then supported through the transition from homelessness, rather than expecting those with multiple needs to address their issues before they are able to go onto the housing register. Working with Porchlight and Clarion Housing, the funding will enable Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council to provide initial housing and subsequent support.

Eleanor Hoyle, Director of Planning, Housing and Environmental Health for Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council said: “We are delighted to have secured this funding to help us work with our partners on the Rough Sleeping Initiative.  This money will help us to make sure that our Housing team is able to help rough sleepers in this area to find safe, secure and appropriate accommodation and support those individuals in addressing their needs.”