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CITY AWARDED ALMOST £1MILLION TO HELP END HOMELESSNESS

The money will continue to fund projects already in place across the City, which are ran by the various partners, including Concrete.

CITY AWARDED ALMOST £1MILLION TO HELP END HOMELESSNESS

The money will continue to fund projects already in place across the City, which are ran by the various partners, including Concrete.

Today we are welcoming the news that Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been awarded a further £952,000 to continue the work to end homelessness in the city.

The money will continue to fund projects already in place across the City, which are ran by the various partners, including Concrete. These initiatives have already been successful in reducing the number of rough sleepers in the city – with the number of people more than halved in the past 12 months from 34 in November 2018 to 16 in November 2019.

Concrete’s initiatives focus on preventing people getting stuck in a cycle of homelessness, and range from support for people to stay in their home and keep their tenancy, through to support in accessing long term accommodation and making it a home with help to sustain it successfully, advice and help for landlords to help make high quality homes accessible for those in housing need and mediation for when things go a little wrong to get them back on track, specialist support for people leaving prison and peer mentor support from others with a lived experience.

The other projects funded include an outreach service for people sleeping on the streets and a rough sleeper coordinator to bring support and agencies together, ran by Brighter Futures.

Sarah Forshaw, Head of Homelessness, Housing and Complex Needs at Concrete, said: “I’m immensely proud of the collaboration and partnerships in securing funding where we are doing something different to really, truly make a difference.

“It’s not just about putting a band aid on, this is about long term recovery for somebody and reducing the risk of repeated homelessness.”

Sarah Forshaw adds: “Homelessness does not just happen. There are many different things which put people either at risk of homelessness or keep them in a position where they just cannot get their foot back on a ladder.

“We believe everyone has the right to a home that’s safe, secure and sustainable. To have homelessness in our society is not good enough and it shouldn’t exist. Homelessness has no place in modern day society and this funding will go towards ending it for good.”

Councillor Randolph Conteh, cabinet member for community and safer city, said: “This funding announcement shows great confidence in the work that we and partners are delivering in the city to support vulnerable people in real need of our help.

“It will enable us to continue to deliver innovative projects to not only help people into accommodation swiftly, but to provide structured support to help meet their needs.

“We want to eradicate rough sleeping in Stoke-on-Trent, and our new five-year strategy has this aim as its core principle. We know that there are often complex and underlying reasons that lead people onto the streets. The projects that this funding will support are designed to help understand these needs with a view to people moving into sustainable, long-term accommodation.”

Click here to find out more about the support Concrete offer. 

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