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Government makes funds available to help house homeless in the PRS

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.”

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    They're having a laugh, pay the deposit (max 5 wk rent) and the first months rent, THEN WHAT HAPPENS ?? do they really thing us landlords are that stupid ?

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    Hilarious. The govt want to tax landlords out of the sector but spend £45.5m trying to get other people IN to it! You really couldn’t make this stuff up. PMSL!


    It defies believe how these muppets are running our country it’s actually scary how disjointed and clueless they really are

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    • 08 March 2019 13:15 PM

    As far as I am aware there are hundreds of thousands of properties available to buy or rent.
    Mostly up North.
    But does that mean that Southern homeless can't be booted out to where there is available accommodation!!!!!!!????

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    Stop taxing invisible profit, stinging u on SDLT, paying UC direct and extorting money vire empty house council tax and there just maybe more homes to let just a thought but they don’t think do they idiotic parasites the lot of them

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    Helsinki don't have a homeless problem. They build blocks of bed sits, bedroom, kitchen, lounge and house all their homeless there. They then provide them with their benefits so they have money to pay their bills - including rent. This provides them with dignity and a first step to improving their lives. The system seems to work, though I am sure there are problems. Why don't our politicians take the £45bn and do similar? Seems like a good idea to me? Could it be that they don't want the ongoing problems that SOME (not all) homeless/drug addicted people pose and would rather the BTL landlords pick up the

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    In case any Government official is reading this I should direct you to a BBC report titled "The city with no homeless on the streets". Keeping the homeless in one place would allow for easier support from support services and charities etc. It's a no brainer to me.

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    • 08 March 2019 15:33 PM

    Concentrate all the homeless into redundant army barracks.
    Good enough to house soldiers.
    Good enough to house the homeless


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