Partnership with East Anglian charity to tackle homelessness in Breckland receives £40k boost
An East Anglian homeless charity has teamed up with a district council to deliver a joint new project to help rough sleepers.
Homelessness will be tackled in Swaffham and across Breckland thanks to £40.5k 'Off the Street' project funding by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government as part of the national Rough Sleeping Initiative.
Breckland Council and Solo Housing will work to use the funds to provide temporary accommodation to people who are currently homeless and support people sleeping rough in Breckland, helping them into more settled accommodation.
The project plans to work with up to eight people at any one time and further accommodation is currently being sourced to allow this to happen.
Carolyn Howell MBE, chief executive of Solo Housing said: "We were delighted to be approached by the Breckland district council to help set up and staff this vital project. The project allows us to move people off the street, give them time to have their needs assessed, engage with services and take the next important steps to moving into more settled accommodation."
The project will allow people to move off the streets into somewhere safe, so that their needs can be fully assessed and they can be helped to find more settled or permanent accommodation.
Councillor Alison Webb, executive member for health and housing for Breckland Council, said: "We are delighted to be working with Solo Housing to deliver much needed accommodation to help rough sleepers off the streets and provide them with valuable support so they are ready to move on to independent living.
"As well as a providing a short term housing solution, residents will also receive support exploring work experience, employment or volunteering opportunities.
"This is an incredibly valuable project which will have a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable individuals across the district of Breckland. Referrals into the service will be made through the council's rough sleeper team."
Solo Housing has been working with single people to find housing solutions across the Eastern region since 1985. The registered charity is funded by a number of different agencies, as well as voluntary donations.
For more information on the charity, visit www.solohousing.org.