Rough sleepers will be moved to safe and warm shelter and drug and alcohol addiction treatment services this winter, backed by an additional £ 66 million the Department of Compensation, Housing and Communities announced today (October 29, 2021).

The support will help harsh sleepers get off the streets during a time of year when the temperature is plummeting, and will give them the opportunity to change their lives by ending the cycle of addiction.

Building on the success of the Everyone In initiative, which helped 37,000 vulnerable people in longer-term shelter during the pandemic, this support will continue to help people with troubled sleepers off the street.

Today’s announcement will help meet the government’s pledge to end rough sleep by 2024.

  • More than 60 councils have a share in the drug and alcohol treatment grant program of up to $ 52 million.
  • Volunteers, faith and community groups have received grants from the 3.8 million
  • Additionally, up to 3,500 rough sleepers will be provided with emergency shelters, with areas most in need of assistance to combat poor sleep being encouraged to apply for funding from the £ 10 million Winter Pressures Fund.

Sleep disorders have already decreased by more than a third, but the government will invest £ 640 million annually over the next 3 years to address the problem – an 85% increase in funding compared to 2019.

This builds on the 202 million which is on top of the 112 million pounds invested last year.

Those at risk of eviction will also benefit from the £ 310million £ 16million pilot project also helping end the cycle of homelessness and hospitalization by providing temporary housing, care and support for rough sleepers leaving the hospital.

The Minister for Bad Sleeping and Housing Eddie Hughes MP said:

Bad sleepers are some of the weakest people in our society and we need to get them off the streets and end the plight of bad sleep once and for all.

That means providing them with a safe and warm place to stay, and that funding will be a lifeline for thousands as temperatures plummet this winter.

We also help those trapped in drug and alcohol addiction and give them the stability they need to turn their lives around. “

Minister of Care Gillian Keegan said:

It is vital that we support people affected by homelessness – especially those looking to break the cycle of addiction.

This additional funding will not only help those who are personally battling drug and alcohol addiction, but also their friends, families and communities who are also affected by the effects of substance abuse.

In addition, we continue to support homeless people, including access to vaccines during the pandemic, and recently announced £ 16 million for pilot projects to help homeless people being discharged from hospital. “

Kathy Mohan, CEO of Housing Justice:

We are pleased that for the second year in a row we have been able to provide significant funding for faith and community groups to provide COVID-safe emergency shelters in their area.

These smaller organizations are at the center of many communities’ response to homelessness and often operate on tight budgets.

This funding provides the opportunity for additional beds, the implementation of new ideas, and improvement of opportunities for people with poor sleep. “

Rick Henderson, CEO of Homeless Link:

As the winter months approach, it is critical that organizations be able to provide single rooms to reduce the number of people who are restlessly sleeping while minimizing the risk of the spread of COVID-19.

Therefore, I am pleased to announce the list of scholarship recipients from this fund. I hope this winter provides a blueprint for future models of winter support for the homeless, with single room accommodation becoming the norm. “

Programs and projects that may benefit from the announcement include:

  • Leeds: Funding of a street psychologist referring sleepless sleepers to mental health and substance abuse services, as well as a consultation hour downtown that also provides technical assistance.
  • Westminster: Funding the Westminster Rough Sleepers Drug and Alcohol Service to ensure people with bad sleepers have access to treatment programs. Access to education, employment or training after completing treatment is also supported for people with poor sleep.
  • Southampton: more staff support people with complex needs and substance abuse, and a clinical psychologist ensures that people with mental health problems get the support they need.
  • Cambridge: Funding a local charity that is working in partnership with the city council to provide self-contained 20 bed rooms for a safe place and get off the streets this winter.
  • London: Funding of the All People All Places project, which supports 50 people during the winter months.

The Drugs and Alcohol Treatment Grant is entering its second year and is already helping people who are troubled in 43 communities have access to structured drug and alcohol treatment, including counseling, detox and rehab services.

Funding Allocations

Allowance for the treatment of harsh sleeping pills and alcohol and Homelessness Transformation Fund Funding Breakdown

Allowance for the treatment of harsh sleeping pills and alcohol

Homelessness Transformation Fund

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