Cambridge council budget £1.58m to help homeless people in the city

  • Over 40 people in Cambridge are registered as homeless and the city council has budgeted £1.58m to help them.

    The council has budgeted to help the city's homeless including rough sleepers. The budget amounts to £38,000 for each person they have a legal duty to house. Out Of Luck...

    There were 41 "active applicants on the register have either had a duty accepted" for the council to house them or they are sleeping rough, or are categorised as "other homeless", reports Cambridge News.

    Alan Carter, the council's head of housing strategy, said: "The number of people ‘who are on the street' is only one aspect of homelessness, albeit at the most extreme end of the spectrum in terms of impact on those directly affected. The council directly provides or funds partner agencies to provide a whole range of services to minimise homelessness. Some of these services are statutory others are discretionary. Some of the funding is from the council other funding is from central government. Some of the services are a direct service response to those who are homeless, others are aimed at preventing homelessness and other support people who have been homeless for whatever reason and are rebuilding their lives."

    Cllr Catherine Smart, deputy leader of the council, said: "This is all about the prevention of homelessness and I am very proud of the work that is going on in Cambridge to help people find a home and to keep people off the streets."

    The council now has a "social lettings agency" which aims to help homeless people get a good home in the private rented sector. Landlords will be offered a guaranteed monthly income and free management service free of charge.

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