Department of Health to fund homelessness scheme
Young homeless people are soon to find accommodation in sheltered housing schemes and unused hostels. It has been announced that the Department of Health (DoH) is to fund £40m towards two projects which will provide accommodation for young youths. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have announced they will fund £1.5m to this scheme along with the DoH, totalling £41.5m.
The total of £41.5 million will be shared between ‘Homelessness Change’ and ‘Platform for Life’-
Homelessness Change funding is to provide tailored temporary hostel accommodation for rough sleepers to get them off the streets and transform their lives through health, training and education facilities.
Platform for Life funding is to provide shared accommodation for young people at risk of homelessness so they have a stable platform for work and study.
Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has said:
“Simply providing accommodation is not enough to prevent homelessness, and it is vital that vulnerable people can access a range of support and lead independent lives.”
According to Inside Housing today:
There is no fixed split of the shared £41.5m fund, so bids will be considered on their individual merits. Allocations must be spent by March 2016.
Around £15m of the DoH funding will be channelled through the Greater London Authority, and £25m through the Homes and Communities Agency.
Citizens Advice data in January revealed the number of homeless 17-to-24-year-olds who required its help increased by 57% to 4,529 between 2007/08 and 2012/13.
Tamsin Griem, head of development at youth homelessness charity Centrepoint, said the fund’s ‘potential to increase the housing options available to young people ready to live independently is encouraging’.
At a Chartered Institute of Housing conference on younger people’s housing last Thursday in London, housing professionals called for the funding to be used to convert two and three-bedroom social properties that have become difficult to let since the introduction of the bedroom tax.
A DCLG spokesperson said: ‘The feedback from the housing sector will be considered ahead of publishing the scheme’s prospectus.’