More support to help rough sleepers with mental health conditions and substance misuse issues will be available across our borough, thanks to a successful £300,000 bid for government funding.
We applied for funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to support the continuation of services for rough sleepers for the next year and the grant will enable us to:
• continue and expand our specialist mental health and drug and alcohol outreach work
• support Guildford’s Night Shelter to implement a range of improvements including extended opening hours
• provide a comprehensive training package and expert support to help agencies who support rough sleepers in the course of their work.
Guildford already has a good range of services to support people who rough sleep and this funding bid reflects our aim to strengthen partnership working, ensure that people’s support needs are met within a reasonable timeframe and to improve the experience of anyone who sleeps rough in the borough.
Cllr Angela Goodwin, Lead Councillor for Housing, Homelessness, Access and Disability says: “This much-needed funding boost will help us continue to deliver the essential services we provide to help rough sleepers off the streets of our borough. The needs of rough sleepers are often complex and many are affected by substance misuse or mental health issues. This funding will allow us to work closely with our partners to help people get targeted support which we hope will eventually see them move into a place of their own.”
We plan to redesign and recommission our rough sleeper services in 2021 in partnership with Surrey County Council.
This funding is separate from the Flexible Homelessness Grant recently allocated to the council, which covers the additional responsibilities and costs of implementing the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.