Test Valley Borough Council secures homelessness grant

A new scheme launched in March of 2018 to transform homelessness across the Test Valley has been backed by a further £100,000.

The Borough Council approved the funding in a bid to prevent and halt as most homelessness as possible.

Councillors renewed the authority’s commitment to invest in homelessness and approved a new plan that sets out how the council will work to tackle rough sleeping over the next 12 months.

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The first year of the scheme saw the number of households in temporary accommodation fall by 33 per cent as the council takes its frontline services on the road across the borough.

Portfolio holder for housing and environmental health, councillor Phil Bundy, said: “Homelessness is one of the council’s key priorities and this further investment delivers on that commitment. It also emphasises the great work that our officers have done so far and our future plans to build on this.

“There is more to do and no-one should have to sleep on our streets. We remain committed to ensuring that anyone who presents themselves as homeless in Test Valley will not leave our offices without the offer of accommodation first.

“I know my fellow councillors and officers are also grateful for the support of our partner agencies. Homelessness is a complex problem and requires a rounded approach. We want to build on the strengths and aspirations of those who present themselves to us and this funding will ensure we can continue to do this.”

The funding follows a successful bid together with Winchester City Council for a share of £177,000 from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Private Sector Access Fund.

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

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