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£700,000 Government funding secured to provide extra accommodation for rough sleepers

2:47 pm, Friday, 15th December 2023 - 3 months ago

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The council has succeeded in an application for funding from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ Single Homelessness Accommodation Programme (SHAP).

The funding will be used to help plug the gap in provision for specialised supported accommodation for individuals who have a long history of rough sleeping and those with complex needs.

Working in partnership with housing and support providers, the Council will oversee Swan House, and it is confirmed that this extra money will be used to further support the work that will soon be taking place at the new accommodation.

Swan House, based on Newhaven Terrace in Grimsby, will accommodate and support homeless and former rough sleepers who are eligible for statutory homelessness assistance to gain independent living skills.

Residents of Swan House will benefit from 24/7 housing management and concierge facilities with regular visits from different services. It is also planned to develop a community hub within the building, allowing different organisations to visit and deliver sessions and services not just for residents but for the local community also.

Council Leader Cllr Phillip Jackson, who has responsibilities for housing, the economy, and skills, said: “We are hoping that Swan House will be open in the very near future.

“Securing this funding will allow us to help those who need the support before they are ready to live independently. We’re very excited to have this extra funding, allowing us to take Swan House and the support we can provide there further than we ever thought.

If you are concerned about a rough sleeper, please visit StreetLink – Connecting people sleeping rough to local services (thestreetlink.org.uk) for how to help them.

If you’re concerned about your own housing situation, please visit Housing advice | NELC (nelincs.gov.uk) for advice.

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