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Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 15th January 2015.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homeless shelters have been visited by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in his Department, the hon. Member for Keighley, since October 2013.

Photo of Kris Hopkins Kris Hopkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

I have visited a number of homeless shelters, including First Stop in York, the Skylight Centre in East London, the Edward Alsop Lifehouse in London, the Riverside Day Centre in Manchester and Foundation Enterprises North West in Chester.

This Government has increased spending to prevent homelessness, making over £500 million available to help the most vulnerable in society and have kept strong protections to guard families against the threat of homelessness. Thousands of vulnerable people have been helped off the streets through initiatives such as No Second Night Out, which we supported with the £20 million Homelessness Transition Fund, and Streetlink.

However, we are determined to do more, which is why I have recently announced £23 million funding to help 1,600 vulnerable homeless young people get their lives back on track with the £15 million Fair Chance fund. In addition, the £8 million Help for Single Homeless Fund will support around 22,000 single homeless people.

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