More people supported off Bournemouth's streets and into housing thanks to funding boost

Posted on Tuesday 26th March 2019

More people sleeping rough in Bournemouth have been supported in to housing this year as a result of additional funding received from government.

From Aug 2018 – March 2019, 29 vulnerable people who were sleeping rough in the town were supported in to temporary accommodation as a result of the additional funding. The majority have now successfully moved on to longer-term accommodation as a result. This is in addition to the well-established existing services to support rough sleepers where year on year an average 10 -15 people are helped off the streets each month in Bournemouth.

In June 2018, the Council was awarded £387,500 following a successful bid for a share of government’s national £30M pot to help Councils further support people sleeping rough. The funding aims to support actions and interventions expected to have the greatest and the quickest impact on rough sleeping numbers. 

This funding has added vital additional resource to the existing, well-established services delivered locally. To date the funding has been invested in employing more frontline outreach workers who work directly with those sleeping rough as well as a co-ordinator and specialist staff including a psychological invention worker, landlord liaison to help people access the private rented sector, an additional Housing First officer and drug and alcohol specialist outreach workers.

Councillor Robert Lawton, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We are already seeing significant results in helping more people off the streets thanks to the additional funding. It’s important that we direct the funding to the right areas to ensure we have the most impact, including, frontline outreach, drug and alcohol support as well as mental health support. Often those sleeping rough have very complex needs and some may have been on the streets for a long time and so it requires intensive and specialist support to ensure vulnerable people can move off the streets and in to suitable accommodation and receive the ongoing support they need.”

A further £359,250 has been awarded to Bournemouth for 2019/2020.

On top of this, £183,600 has recently been awarded to Bournemouth to employ three ‘navigators’ to work closely with individuals to support them from rough sleeping into permanent stable accommodation and ongoing support to sustain a tenancy and prevent returns to the street. The funding will also go towards move-on costs, training, education and additional support dependent on individual needs.