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13 June 2018
Government provides funding to end rough sleeping in Croydon

Croydon Conservatives are delighted to hear that Croydon has been awarded £510,210 to support those sleeping rough and those at risk of sleeping rough on our streets.

The Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government yesterday announced that Croydon will be the recipient of one of the largest sums allocated to a local authority.

Back in March 2018 the Government announced a new cross-Whitehall, multidisciplinary Rough Sleeping Initiative and has since then worked with individual local authorities, like Croydon, to produce tailored packages to tackle rough sleeping in their local area. The plans have been put together based on local authority and third sector knowledge of what actually works.

The funding will mean that more staff can be provided to actively engage with people on the streets and will include specialist mental health and substance misuse workers. It will also mean that new bed spaces can be provided including both emergency and settled accommodation.

This represents a first significant step by the Conservative Government to reduce rough sleeping. Further funding for 2019/20 will be announced shortly.

Cllr Lynne Hale, Croydon Conservatives’ Housing spokesman said: “For some years now Croydon has been struggling to support rough sleepers and this funding will mean that Croydon will be well placed to proactively tackle homelessness pressures and give people the help they need at an earlier stage.

Getting in early with the right help and support can so often be the key to preventing rough sleeping in the first place. However it is also vital to ensure that the support is ongoing and sustainable to stop the circle of short-term support and people then being back on the streets when this support stops.”

Conservative Leader, Cllr Tim Pollard, said: “This is very good news for Croydon. It has been very worrying to see the increasing number of people in shop doorways and living on the streets. I know that local residents find this deeply sad which I why I am pleased that the Government has recognised the issue an will be supporting those who find themselves street homeless in a sustainable way.”

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