More money invested into helping support homeless people in Northampton

Fresh grant will continue to employ team of 11 trying to reduce rough sleeping across town

Friday, 31st January 2020, 3:22 pm
Updated Friday, 31st January 2020, 3:23 pm

More than half-a-million pounds is being put into helping people who are sleeping rough in Northampton.

The new grant of £514,100 comes from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and is on top of the funding last year of £480,000 that paid for 11 new members of staff dedicated to tackling, preventing and reducing rough sleeping.

These include a rough sleepers co-ordinator, additional street outreach workers, a team of rough sleeper navigators and a housing transitions officer working with prisons

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Councillor Stephen Hibbert, Council Cabinet member for housing and wellbeing, said: “The announcement of this new funding means that we can continue employing these additional staff and recruit a dedicated drug and alcohol outreach worker.

“We will also be able to help with the staffing of a shared housing project that NAASH is planning to set up for female rough sleepers this year.

“Working in partnership with all of the other services in the town, these new and existing staff will offer rough sleepers the help and support they need to come off the streets, move into settled housing and rebuild their lives.”