Bournemouth receives further funding boost to address rough sleeping

Posted on Monday 11th February 2019

Funding of £156,600 has been awarded to Bournemouth Borough Council following a successful bid to the Government’s Rapid Rehousing Pathway Funding Scheme.

This funding will provide additional services for people who are rough sleeping in the town, with three dedicated ‘Navigator’ staff employed to help people who sleep rough to access appropriate local services and get off the streets into settled and sustainable accommodation.

Councillor Robert Lawton, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We are delighted to receive confirmation of this additional funding. It is a welcome addition to the services we already have in place to prevent and relieve rough sleeping in Bournemouth, including the established rough sleeper team delivered by St Mungo’s, our Housing First project and a pathway of supported housing for those with support needs.

“We continue to face significant challenges locally, but we are committed to using these funds alongside existing provision to ensure a real and lasting impact.”

The Navigators will work with a range of multidisciplinary teams locally to provide co-ordination support. The roles will complement the work already under way in Bournemouth following an allocation of £387,500 last summer which has funded a range of additional activity to assist people sleeping rough to move off the street.