A charity, Homeless Link, urges for councils to be given more resources and support to help them invest in accommodation and prevent homelessness.
Homeless Link, in its manifesto to end homelessness, has urged the next Government to end rough sleeping, ensure employment and welfare support, provide more homes and protect the rights of tenants, LocalGov reports.
The charity informs that local funding for accommodation and support services is ‘increasingly under pressure’. Homelessness services are being overpowered by groups that councils have a legal duty to support, in terms of funding decisions. This negligence of homelessness services is something that Homeless Link aims to call out and overcome.
Homeless Link’s manifesto reads, ‘Cycles of short-term investment are also making it harder for local areas to take an efficient and strategic approach to ending homelessness, which by its nature is rarely something one local area can tackle on its own,’ the manifesto reads.
‘Local authorities, charities and other agencies across England have worked hard to make sure the right support is there for people when they need it. Yet there are still thousands of people who don’t have the right accommodation and support to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
‘Demand for affordable places to live is rising; more people are seeking help with their housing; and the number of people sleeping on our streets is the highest it’s been for the past four years. The task of ending homelessness is not finished.’
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