Test Valley Borough Council secures homelessness grant

Test Valley Borough Council homelessness service is set to receive thousands of pounds from a government grant.

The local community is set to benefit from the £177,000 funding together with the Winchester City Council after a successful grant from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Private Rented Sector Access Fund.

The total of £177,000 means that the borough council will be able to meet higher demand for housing by offering better support for landlords and tenants. This will further transform the frontline services following a £100,000 pilot scheme that was launched in March 2018.

The borough council hopes this will encourage landlords to agree to longer leases.

Housing and environmental health portfolio holder, councillor Phil Bundy, said: “The funding that has been secured is a testament to officers who have worked tirelessly to secure it.

“Homelessness is a key priority for Test Valley Borough Council and these funds will help to serve those in housing need to prevent homelessness on our streets. We also welcome the opportunity to work closely with Winchester City Council colleagues to deliver a project that will benefit residents across both areas.

“Tackling homelessness is a clear objective for the council and this money will enable us to take another step towards achieving this goal.”

The funding awarded from the government will be distributed to the council over the current financial year and 2019/2020.

Anyone concerned about their housing situation can contact the council’s housing service on 01264 368000 or 01794 527700. People can also report rough sleeping to the council through streetlink.org.uk.

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