Homelessness: Finance

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 3rd February 2020.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the title is of the programme of £437 million in funding that will be allocated to tackling homelessness; and how much will be allocated to each part of that programme.

Photo of Luke Hall Luke Hall Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

In 2020/2021 we are providing £437 million to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. This marks a £69 million increase in funding from the previous year.

Funding for 2020/21 is comprised of three main funding streams:

  • The Homelessness Reduction Grant: The £63 million fund provides funding to local authorities to support them implement the Homelessness Reduction Act and will enable local authorities to do more to prevent and relieve homelessness in their areas.
  • The Rough Sleeping Initiative: The £112 million fund is designed to support the establishment or enhancement of coordinated local services for rough sleepers, or those at risk of sleeping rough which would help prevent homelessness.
  • The Flexible Homelessness Support Grant: The £200 million fund will help local authorities plan and respond to their local homelessness pressures.

We are also funding:

  • Housing First pilots to provide rough sleepers with the most complex needs stable and affordable accommodation with intensive wrap-around support to help them recover from complex issues and sustain their tenancies.
  • London Collaboration Project which aims to become the main source of private rented sector accommodation to prevent and relieve homelessness in London.
  • A number of smaller pilots/funding streams such as the Offender Accommodation Pilot and Rough Sleeping Social Impact Bond.

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