More help for city’s rough sleepers

A shop doorway home for one of Hull’s rough sleepers. Photo: Jerome Whittingham

Hull City Council’s commitment to alleviating the problem of rough sleeping in the city has taken another step forward, thanks to a successful grant application to the Rapid Rehousing Pathway 2019 – 20 fund.

The £728,000 will go towards creating an assessment hub. Outreach workers will refer rough sleepers to the hub where workers co-located from a range of services will assess their needs and advise and support individuals to secure accommodation and the support services they need.  The hub will provide a safe place to stay for a short period while full assessments relating to housing, health and finances are completed. The assessments will inform support plans and accommodation matching to ensure that the right support is provided in the most appropriate type of housing.

The new money will also be used to develop more supported lettings in the city. Ten furnished flats will be made available to rough sleepers assessed by the hub for supported living. They will have the support of a Tenancy Sustainment Officer who will oversee their personal development and the tenants can stay in this temporary accommodation as long as it takes to develop skills for independent living and until they can get permanent settled accommodation.

The final element of the funding will help to  establish a Local Lettings Agency to work with landlords in the private rented housing sector. The purpose is to establish a portfolio of properties within the city for letting to homeless people or those at risk of homelessness.

The annual rough sleep count recorded 26 people sleeping rough in Hull. 20 people have been identified as regular rough sleepers by the outreach team. 118 people accessed the council’s emergency beds/Dock House in the three months from 1 November 2018.

Cllr John Black, Portfolio Holder for Housing said: “This is great news and will go a long to enhancing the council’s current provision for rough sleepers and those at risk of sleeping on the streets. It means that they get the support they need quickly and a personalised pathway – from being on the streets through to having sustained accommodation. The government have agreed to fund our bid as they were impressed by the way that the public sector pulls together in Hull to meet the complex needs of people who are sleeping rough and because of the vision we demonstrated in taking this further.”

[Hull City Council news]

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