Hugo welcomes support for vulnerable rough sleepers in East Devon

Sir Hugo Swire has welcomed new investment from the Conservative Government, spearheaded by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire, to help East Devon support rough sleepers into safe and stable accommodation where they can rebuild their lives.

Teignbridge, East Devon, Mid Devon, South Hams & West Devon is set to receive £164,160 to help vulnerable people get the specialist support they need to keep them off the streets for good. The money for the Rapid Rehousing Pathway will fund innovative local schemes which will help those sleeping rough off the streets for good, as well as specialist support to help them back on their feet.

As part of this, new support workers will act as a single point of contact to help people with complex needs such as substance abuse and mental health problems to get the advice and support they need to turn their lives around. Dedicated letting agents will also be funded to provide advice and housing for those sleeping on the streets.

The funding provided for councils across the UK will total more than £7.2m over the next year, and forms part of the Conservative Government’s £100 million plan to end rough sleeping by 2027. Already we are making progress with the first fall in rough sleeping since 2010, but schemes like this will help us achieve our ambition of being a country in which no-one needs to sleep on the streets.

Today’s announcement follows the publication of the latest annual rough sleeping statistics, which show the number of people sleeping rough across the England has fallen for the first time since 2010.