Issue 20 January 2021

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£500,000 to help rough sleepers into homes

Homeless womanWe have secured £549,818 from the Government to help rough sleepers leave the streets and avoid a return to homeless living.

During the first lockdown, the Government directed local authorities to arrange emergency accommodation for rough sleepers and we helped 11 people into temporary lodgings.

In Mid Sussex, there is a small but significant number of rough sleepers, many of whom have enduring and complex needs which require specialist support to thrive within their local community. This Government funding will help Mid Sussex District Council, Worthing Homes and homelessness charity Turning Tides to establish a new supported housing project.

The project will create suitable long-term accommodation for six people who otherwise would be living in temporary accommodation or lost to the streets. Individually tailored support will be provided to those most in need, helping them to develop pathways out of homelessness and into secure accommodation.

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