Published: Wednesday, 4th July 2018

Medway Council has been awarded £410,000 from the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government to further support our work to provide help and support to rough sleepers in Medway.

The funding will be used to enhance the council’s work supporting people with nowhere to live during 2018-19.

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing and Community Services, said: “We currently commission a range of support and accommodation throughout the year to help people with nowhere to live, however the additional funding will help us increase our supported housing provision for rough sleepers. We already work with partner agencies in the Homelessness Forum, such as police and the health service, and the extra funding will enable us to set up an outreach group to engage with rough sleepers as well as to recruit a dedicated mental health nurse to ensure they are offered the most appropriate support.

“We offer specialist advice at Kingsley House in Gillingham on the issues that can cause people to become homeless, such as debt and rent arears. I would encourage anyone who is homeless, or is at risk of becoming homeless, to visit Kingsley House to access the support available.”

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