Maldon District Council Secures a Share of £1.7m awarded to Essex to Tackle Homelessness
Published on Monday, 26th September 2022
Maldon District Council is one of ten councils in Essex to be awarded a share of a £1.7m fund to help rough sleepers find suitable sustained housing.
Maldon District Council is part of a partnership of ten Essex Councils who have been awarded funding via the Rough Sleeping Initiative (RSI) to support rough sleepers transition from the streets and into sustained accommodation.
The Rough Sleeping Initiative was first announced by central government in 2018. The fund was put in place for local authorities to make an immediate impact on levels of homelessness and rough sleeping in their area.
The 2022-25 fund will be targeted at local support for those who are homeless and will include additional outreach workers, support to access mental health services, emergency beds and funding to help homeless individuals with rental deposits.
Over the past two years, Essex County Council (ECC) has developed a partnership with nine city, borough and district councils, Braintree, Brentwood, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Epping Forest, Maldon, Rochford, Tendring and Uttlesford.
This partnership seeks to reduce people sleeping rough by providing support via a Rough Sleeper Outreach Team which builds relationships and trust with rough sleepers.
Cllr Mrs Penny Channer, Leader of Maldon District Council, said: “This funding is wonderful news for our District.
“It will enable us to continue our Rough Sleeper Navigator role for a further three years, provide 7 day a week Chess outreach response to Streetlink Alerts, and bed space at the single homeless hub at Stock run by Chess. The Council has always done its very best to support homelessness and this funding will mean we can continue to do so.”
If you have concern about someone sleeping rough in Essex, please visit the Streetlink website: www.streetlink.org.uk