Rough sleeping halves in Tonbridge and Malling

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Last Updated: 28 Feb 2020 9:19am

Latest government figures show that the number of rough sleepers in Tonbridge and Malling has reduced by 50%.

The figures from the annual survey for the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government report a reduction from 12 rough sleepers in 2018 to just six in 2019. Across England, an average reduction of 9% has been reported.

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council has also housed the first rough sleeper using funding from the government’s Rough Sleeping Initiative.

Partnership working has played a key role in reducing rough sleeper numbers. The council has worked closely with the Community Safety Unit (CSU), the Police, Porchlight and Look Ahead. Together the partners support homeless individuals make the transition to a settled way of life and help overcome issues in areas such as mental health or substance misuse.

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Piers Montague, said: “We are delighted that our work with key organisations and the rough sleepers in Tonbridge and Malling has helped reduce the numbers of people in our borough without a roof over their head.

“Our teams and partners work closely with each rough sleeper to ensure that they have access to the services they need, and the skills to cope with everyday life. The Housing team and key local partners will continue their sterling work to assist rough sleepers in Tonbridge and Malling, and those at risk, while any person remains on the streets.”