Homelessness Prevention Grants: Safety net against homelessness

Please note that NEHTT is a third party partner and not part of Youth Homeless North East

NEHTTThe North East Homelessness Think Tank 2015 Charter includes a pledge to:

‘Promote the need for Local Authority Homelessness Prevention grants to remain at their current level so that prevention and early intervention can continue to provide far better outcomes for people at risk of homelessness.’

Homelessness prevention and early intervention has been found to be very successful, but the  all-important local authority grants which enable this work to have such a positive impact are not guaranteed. The work needs to grow, not reduce.  Since 2002 the Government has provided support for those facing the ‘real and frightening prospect homelessness’ through Homelessness Prevention Grants for councils across the country. The funding sought to prevent homelessness through activity including:

  • Providing rent deposit schemes to enable homeless people to get accommodation in the private rented sector
  • Mediation services to help prevent relationship breakdown leading to homelessness
  • Outreach services to help get rough sleepers off the streets and into accommodation

In the light of continued funding cuts to councils and concern that the Homelessness Prevention Grants will not be refunded the risk is that preventative services will at best be reduced and a worst will come to an end. This, at a time when there is evidence that homelessness is rising but with reduced capacity and resources amongst frontline statutory and voluntary and community sector services to affect an appropriate response.

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