AVDC support for rough sleepers set to be boosted by government funding

12 Sep 2018

Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) has received a further provisional allocation of a quarter of a million pounds from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government for the funding year 2019/20 to continue to provide support for rough sleepers in Aylesbury Vale.

Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Communities Secretary, has announced £45 million of provisional funding for support for rough sleepers for 83 local authority areas in 2019/20, including £250,867 for Aylesbury Vale. This funding is in addition to the £223,789 secured for Aylesbury Vale for  2018/19.

The new funding will boost the support available to people living on the streets and help them into accommodation. It will also increase the amount of assistance that can be offered to those at risk and sleeping rough during the winter months.

AVDC is working in partnership with Aylesbury Homeless Action Group, the Buckinghamshire CCG, Oasis and Oxford Health and working closely with Connection Support’s Rough Sleeper Outreach Service Team and other homelessness support agencies in the Vale to develop innovative tailored support solutions for those sleeping rough.

They are also working to develop accommodation solutions in partnership with Advance Housing, the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust and a local bed and breakfast provider. This approach offers an holistic-needs based service to clients to provide accommodation, assessment and support including dedicated access to mental health and substance misuse professionals to help them sustain tenancies in the longer term.

Councillor Mark Winn, Cabinet Member for Communities, said:

"I’m very happy at the announcement of the award of this provisional grant, and I’m confident that we can meet the criteria to secure this second year of funding.

“Once approved, it will enable AVDC to consolidate its existing strategy of working in close partnership with other organisations to help those who are the most disadvantaged in our society, those sleeping rough on our streets.

"It will allow us to continue working to help individual rough sleepers deal with their often complex issues and put their lives back together again, to get them off the streets and into a home. It will also enable us to continue the parallel programme to prevent those at risk of becoming homeless. The goal of this radical approach, which I’m sure all will fully support, is to eliminate rough sleeping."

Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said:

“Our Rough Sleeping Strategy set out the blueprint to end rough sleeping by 2027. Now, we are vigorously taking the steps to make that happen. The funding through our Rough Sleeping Initiative is already making a real difference in helping support those off the streets into services and accommodation this year. But there is still work to do and that’s why we are supporting these areas with further funding to ensure progress continues to be made and vulnerable people are supported into services and accommodation.”

Further information on the £45 million funding to support rough sleepers can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/funding-allocated-for-councils-to-help-rough-sleepers

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