Additional funding to support districts’ rough sleepers » Babergh Mid Suffolk

Posted by Communications on 28 February 2022 | Comments

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council have been awarded £324K to provide specialised emergency accommodation for rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness.

The funding, from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government’s Rough Sleepers Accommodation Programme, will see the development of two new self-contained mbloc emergency accommodation units in Stowmarket (Eric Jones House, Ipswich Road) and two self-contained units in Sudbury to house vulnerable adults at risk of living on the streets.

These new energy efficient homes in Stowmarket and Sudbury – will provide dedicated long term emergency accommodation for entrenched rough sleepers – allowing their complex needs to be addressed in a more comprehensive way.

Placements will allow people who have been historically excluded and marginalised, to get the help, support and life skills they need to hold down a secure tenancy and stay off the streets in future.

Training, guidance and advice will be delivered by a range of agencies including health, social care and voluntary organisations, supporting the councils’ goal of ending all rough sleeping by 2024.

Babergh District Council cabinet member for Housing Cllr Jan Osborne said: “This is wonderful news and I know it will be a great asset to residents across the district that find themselves facing very difficult times and needing a helping hand to help them move forward.

“These new units will provide a safe place to call home with the additional opportunity to develop the skills needed to move forward. The support available will be practical and physical – with a warm and safe place to sleep at night and gets the assistance they need.”

Mid Suffolk District Council cabinet member for Housing Cllr Lavinia Hadingham said: “I’m so pleased that we will have the ability to help our most vulnerable residents.

“There is never a one size fits all to every situation, but I hope this facility will help people in need to feel welcome and comfortable and that the specialist help they receive from the dedicated support team will help change many lives for the better.”

The councils are working in partnership with Suffolk charity Home England to identify the best way to support those across the districts with difficult lives and who need a more cohesive system of support.

This latest funding also allows the council to build on work made possible due to the previously successful Rough Sleeper Initiative Funding Bid for £400k, which was used to create a dedicated outreach and mental health support service for rough sleepers.

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