Published: Wednesday, 12th September 2018

Medway Council has been awarded an additional £486,000 from the government to continue providing help and support to rough sleepers in Medway.

This is further to Medway Council being awarded £410,000 earlier this year from the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government, for the 2018/19 financial year.

The additional funding, announced this month, will be used to enhance the council’s work supporting people with nowhere to live during the 2019/2020 financial year.

Medway Council will continue to work with partner agencies in the Homelessness Forum and the extra funding will help agencies ensure further provisions are in place including an outreach group to engage with all rough sleepers, with an emphasis on supporting women, couples and people who have recently come out of prison.

Medway Council will continue to work with partner agencies in the Homelessness Forum and the extra funding will help us ensure further provisions are in place including an outreach group to engage with all rough sleepers, with an emphasis on supporting women, couples and people who have recently come out of prison.

'The funding compliments the work that we already do'

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing and Community Services, said: “We commission a range of support and accommodation all year round to help people with nowhere to live. The extra funding will help us increase housing provisions for rough sleepers.

“The funding compliments the work that we already do with agencies in the Homelessness Forum and we will continue to work closely with partner agencies to ensure emergency accommodation is available for those that need it the most.

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

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