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Council awarded funding to help rough sleepers

West Berkshire Council has been awarded £184,286 from the Government’s Next Steps Accommodation Programme (NSAP).

As one of 274 councils set to receive the housing support for vulnerable people, this successful bid for funding is part of a range of financial assistance made available by central Government to help local authorities get through the worst of Covid-19.

When Covid-19 began to take hold earlier in the year, the Council worked swiftly with partners to make sure that rough sleepers in West Berkshire were safe and had somewhere to go at a time when we were all being asked to stay at home.

Together with local partners, a task force was set up to help and find accommodation for them.

Hilary Cole, West Berkshire’s Executive Member for Housing and Homelessness said: “We were proactive in applying for this important funding and are grateful to receive it. It will help us continue our work with those sleeping rough to secure accommodation and to access the wider support they need.

“Reducing rough sleeping is a key Council priority and this money will enable us and our partners to continue with this work.  I would like to thank all the individuals and organisations who work so tirelessly with us to reduce rough sleeping and the impacts of rough sleeping in West Berkshire.

"Through the new funding, we will be able to continue this work. It will help provide accommodation in the private rented sector, secure interim accommodation and allow us to assess the wider support needed for these vulnerable people to rebuild their lives. As we approach the colder weather the good this funding will do in keeping people off the streets cannot be underestimated.”

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