West Norfolk Council to share £3.9 million in homelessness funding
West Norfolk Council has been awarded a share of a multi-million pound government funding package intended to help tackle rough sleeping.
The authority is one of 18 in East Anglia which will receive a total of £3.9 million between them. Around £100 million is being invested nationally.
Government officials say the money is intended to enable authorities to develop new ways of supporting potential rough sleepers, including up to five new rough sleeping centres.
Housing and homelessness minister Heather Wheeler said: "We are taking steps to ensure people the East of England never have to face even one night on the streets.
“These are vulnerable people, who may be dealing with complex mental health problems or addictions and require specialist support to tackle these issues and turn their lives around.
“The funding confirmed today will ensure those sleeping on the streets in the East of England have access to the professional help and guidance they need to get back on their feet – taking us one step closer to ending rough sleeping for good.”
The exact amount awarded to West Norfolk has not been disclosed. There are also shares for the Breckland and North Norfolk district councils.