27 July 2021

New safe housing pilot for vulnerable rough sleepers

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Vulnerable rough sleepers will be given access to safe housing under a new pilot in 12 areas in England.

The Respite Rooms Trial Programme will see 12 local areas share £3.7m to provide accommodation and expert support for victims of violence and abuse.

It will create 140 bed spaces and support up to 1,100 people at risk of sleeping rough over a 12 month period.

Minister for rough sleeping and housing, Eddie Hughes, said: 'These respite rooms will provide a safe space and ensure vulnerable people at risk of sleeping rough are supported in safe housing with expert advice and counselling.

'This programme is part of the government’s much wider action to help the most vulnerable in our communities, with £750m investment this year to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping.'

The 12 areas across England that will receive funding under the trial programme are: Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, Birmingham, Bristol, Camden, Hastings and East Sussex, Exeter, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Portsmouth and Westminster.

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