Council awarded new funding to tackle rough sleeping in the borough

Release Date: 04 February 2020

A successful bid for Government funding will help the Council do more to reduce rough sleeping in Richmond upon Thames.

Richmond Council has been awarded £569,106 from a pot of cash the Government has set aside as part of a tackling rough sleeping during 2020-21. This is an increase of £86,000 from similar funding for the current year 2019-20. The scheme aims to significantly reduce rough sleeping across the country.

The continued funding will fund an additional case worker, also called navigators, to guide rough sleepers off the streets and into accommodation as rapidly as possible and a coordinator to help pull all strands of this complex work together. Help will be given both to people who have just begun sleeping on the streets and those more entrenched. The navigators will work with individual rough sleepers to negotiate a personalised route into accommodation. A specialised local letting agency will be continued to source tenancies for the homeless to move into.

Councillor Liz Jaeger, Deputy Leader and Vice-chair of Adult Social Services, Health and Housing Services Committee, said:

"We work hard to tackle rough sleeping in our borough. And, we are especially pleased to have our work in this area recognised and reinforced by this new, additional funding."

"Making a difference to our most disadvantaged residents is one of our main priorities. Together with our partners – including SPEAR - we will use this funding to reduce rough sleeping and improve the life chances of those who have fallen into the worst form of homelessness."

"Assisting people off the streets requires trust, persistence and resources and we are pleased to have successfully bid for this important extra funding."

Sue Philpott, CEO of SPEAR London said:

"People’s lives depend on our work and our rough sleeper service. We continue to work towards preventing homelessness in South West London by providing fast and effective solutions for the people affected.  These grants will help us to do that."

If you have any concerns about a rough sleeper, visit Spear to report a rough sleeper.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P037/20

Updated: 27 February 2020