Medway Council has been awarded more than £860,000 to continue providing help and support for rough sleepers in Medway.
The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government has awarded the council £867,450 funding from the government’s Rough Sleeping Initiative for the 2020/2021 financial year.
The funding will be used to continue the council’s work supporting those residents who find themselves homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Medway Council offers a range of support for people with nowhere to live including a specialist outreach team which liaises with rough sleepers and advises them of the support available from a range of organisations. The council also offers specialist help to vulnerable women, people with mental health problems and provides a variety of accommodation all year round.
'Continuing to offer support for people with nowhere to live'
Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing and Community Services, said: “We welcome this funding which will allow us to continue to offer a range of support for people with nowhere to live. Thanks to this additional government funding we have helped house more than 100 rough sleepers since July 2018. Kingsley House in Gillingham offers specialist advice and support, including on the factors which could cause someone to become homeless such as debt and rent arrears. I would encourage anyone who is homeless, or is at risk of homelessness, to visit Kingsley House to access the support available.”