Funding for numerous homelessness projects

  • Funding for numerous homelessness projects 

    Inside Housing have reported that homelessness projects have been awarded £84,747 in England to help strengthen and secure their future. The ‘Future Ready Fund' has granted projects in the east midlands, south east and east to help tackle homelessness.

    The fund has a total budget of £500,000 in 2013/14 and has made 37 grants worth over £750,000 to date. These funds are backed by the Homeless Transition Fund, administered by Homeless Link and funded by the Communities and Local Government department.

    Coins"These five projects were selected because they proposed responses that are known to be effective and the funding will help ensure they go on providing critical services to those experiencing homelessness," said Samantha Rennie, director of the Homelessness Transition Fund.

    Two of the projects are in Medway, with one aiding the merger of two homelessness charities, and the other will pay for a fundraising expert to join Ashdown Medway Accommodation Trust, to develop a three year plan to ensure the service can continue.

    YMCA Bedfordshire also received a grant to help a staff training programme; this means that they will be able to better meet the needs of those accessing their services and maximise the outcomes they can achieve.

    Of the final two projects, one is situated in Leicester, where ten homelessness organisations joined forces, and one in Dacorum, where the funding will be used to introduce the most widely used quality standard in the charity and voluntary sector.

    The Homelessness Transition Fund will be making further grant announcements in the near future and is encouraging organisations to apply if they feel that they would benefit from a small grant of between £5,000 and £25,000.

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