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£6.5 million fund awarded to Nottingham to support rough sleepers – one of the largest cash bids in the country

Nottingham City Council has been successful in applying for more than £6.5m to support rough sleepers in Nottingham over the next three years.

The grant is the full amount requested from the Rough Sleeping Initiative and one of the largest awards in the country, which indicates the progress made by the authority and its partners to support the homeless in recent years and throughout the pandemic.

A total of £2,257,587 will be received this year from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, followed by £2,317,639 in 2023/34 and then £2,020,831 in 2024/25 – totalling £6,596,057 across the whole period.

Councils are expected to produce annual development plans with targets and report back to the Government on progress against this.

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A person sleeping in Bottle Lane in Nottingham

Partners such as Framework, Emmanuel House, Nottingham Arimathea Trust and Bloom Social Housing work together with specialist officers at the City Council to:

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Identify people, engage them and assess needs;

Navigate services and deliver support;

Access and provide supported accommodation.

There will be more emphasis over the next three years on prevention of rough sleeping and sustained resettlement.

This will be supported by a further £1.67m of funding secured by Nottingham City Council and partners Metropolitan Thames Valley, Places For People and Framework through the latest round of the Rough Sleeping Accommodation Programme.

Over the past two years, Nottingham has been successful in five bids to this project for nine schemes which, by 2024, will deliver 87 new flats as stable homes with support for rough sleepers or single people at risk of rough sleeping.

Councillor Toby Neal, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Human Resources at Nottingham City Council, said: “We welcome this allocation of more than £6.5m, which is our largest award to date and will make a big difference in our city.

“We’ve had to work hard to secure it and this shows how much value is placed on the work we do alongside our partner agencies to support rough sleepers and homeless people in Nottingham.

“We’ve had to outline why it’s needed in Nottingham and what support we have in place for rough sleepers, so to have been awarded one of the largest grants outside London is really good news for the city.

“As ever, we are reliant on our local partners, to quickly respond with quality services and we thank them for their continued contributions and commitment.

“However, demand is increasing in Nottingham and further pressures are expected as the longer-term impacts of the pandemic and cost of living crisis takes effect over the coming years.

“We remain committed to preventing rough sleeping. It is often a symptom of a wider problem or in more cases a combination of issues like substance dependency, mental health and trauma. We need to continue our work with partners and ensure commitment across the public, community and private sectors to help address the needs that cause street homelessness.”

Denis Tully, CEO at Emmanuel House Support Centre, said: “Emmanuel House is committed to working with Nottingham City Council and partner agencies to continue to deliver quality services to prevent, intervene in, and aid recovery from, homelessness and to meet the challenges of homelessness and its underlying causes.”

Bea Giaquinto, Director at the Nottingham Arimathea Trust, said: “We deliver services to vulnerable refugees and people from abroad, meeting the different challenges brought about by homelessness.

“We are delighted to be working with Nottingham City Council and our wider homelessness-sector partners to address the issues and needs of people within the city.”

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