To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent steps his Department has taken to provide support for vulnerable people through the Changing Futures programme.
The £64 million Changing Futures programme was launched in July 2021 with backing from HMT's Shared Outcomes Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund. Since then, fifteen local areas have supported over 2,500 of the most vulnerable adults - people experiencing combinations of mental ill-health, substance misuse, homelessness, domestic abuse and contact with the criminal justice system. Changing Futures provides tailored, flexible support and co-ordinated specialist services to help people to stabilise their lives and start building towards long-term recovery. The programme also supports local areas to drive improvement in the way services work together to support people who might otherwise fall between the gaps.
On 4th April 2023, we announced a further £9.5m from the Shared Outcomes Fund, extending the programme through 2024/25.