The Ministry for Housing, Community and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that £45.5m will be made available to help find homeless people accommodation in the private rented sector.
Housing Minister Heather Wheeler has confirmed that just over £19.5m is to be shared among 54 projects across England to help thousands of people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, to secure their own home.
A further £26m will be used to fund specialist support for vulnerable tenants struggling with mental health problems and substance misuse issues.
Councils will use the £19.5m funding boost to help vulnerable people secure their own tenancy through support such as, paying deposits or putting down the first months’ rent.
This funding, which forms part of the £100m Rough Sleeping Strategy which set out detailed plans to end rough sleeping for good, will give people an opportunity to make a home in a property they may otherwise not have been able to access.
The £26m pot of funding, also part of the Rough Sleeping Strategy, is yet to be allocated but councils must submit their bids by the end of this month.
This extra investment can be used to fund innovative local schemes which help those sleeping rough and struggling with mental health problems or substance misuse issues.
Heather said: “I want everyone to have the security, dignity and opportunities they need to build a better life – at the heart of which is ensuring everyone can find a safe and secure home to call their own.
“This funding will make a huge difference in opening up the private rented sector to people who need it and give them the chance to rebuild their lives.”