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£625k to cut the number of people sleeping rough in Cornwall

£625k to cut the number of people sleeping rough in Cornwall

Published by Emma Cartonat 7:38am 30th April 2019.

Cornwall has been given a cash boost to cut the number of people living on the streets.

53 rough sleepers were recorded in the Duchy at the last winter count, down from 68 in November 2017.

Now the council is getting £625,000 from the government's Rough Sleeper Initiative Fund to help tackle the problem.

Some of the money will go to homeless charities like St Petroc's, based in Truro.

"The rumours go round that if you find yourself on the streets, you're going to be on the streets forever; that's not the case.

"We can get people off the streets - there is help out there for people.

"Very recent bereavements, recent split-ups with their partners - it may be a relationship breakdown that a young person's had with their parents. They're generally very anxious about their circumstances. They're frightened".

Dave Brown, St Petroc's

What will the money go towards?

  • A coordinator and four outreach workers to directly engage with rough sleepers and offer them help and support
  • The Short-term Accommodation & Resettlement (STAR) Project which provides short -term accommodation and then support to move on to live independently
  • Access to privately rented accommodation for single people by offering support to the landlord during the first few months of a tenancy to ensure it is sustainable
  • Nos Da Kernow - a partnership between Cornwall Housing, Coastline and St Petroc's to help prevent single people and couples with no children from becoming homeless
  • A mental health worker, employed with partners as part of the Health for Homeless Project
  • Additional hospital discharge beds for single people who are medically fit for discharge but have no suitable accommodation to go to

"Tackling rough sleeping is a complex issue, which is why the Council has already invested £1.1m in a Rough Sleeper Reduction Strategy.

"Having a coordinated, multi-agency approach to tackling rough sleeping is paying off with latest figures published in December 2018 showing that an action plan to tackle the issue is continuing to have a positive effect, with a 22% drop in the latest count.

"This makes a 46% reduction in the total number of rough sleepers recorded since November 2016.

"This additional funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will allow us to put in place additional measures that will directly help take people off the streets, providing them with accommodation and support.

"We will be able to offer more personalised and tailored solutions to rough sleepers. Our end goal is to ensure no one has to sleep rough in Cornwall".

Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall Council

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