08-Dec-2022

Huntingdonshire District Council has been awarded £106,836 of additional funding from the government through a top-up allocation of a Homelessness Prevention Grant to help prevent more vulnerable local households and rough sleepers over the coming winter months.

The grant is aimed at helping households at risk of homelessness to either keep their existing home or help them find an alternative property. Preventing homelessness, or relieving it as quickly as possible, will also help to reduce the number of families that may otherwise have to seek temporary accommodation.

The funding will also be targeted at helping rough sleepers with emergency accommodation during the cold winter months, as well as providing options to enable them to move on from sleeping rough.

The new funding is being made immediately available to local authorities across England and expands on the £2 billion of targeted government funding to help tackle homelessness and rough sleeping over the next three years.

Executive Councillor for Customer Services, Cllr Stephen Ferguson said: "It is extremely important that our most vulnerable people in the district have access to support and our joint administration realises that families are facing ever-increasing difficult choices and struggling to make ends meet because of the cost of living crisis.

"The district council works with a number of organisations that offer advice and support on debt-related matters and help with budgeting.

"We have successfully prevented or relieved 408 households from homelessness this year through early interventions.

"This additional funding will allow us to help more households faced with the threat of homelessness and we would encourage anyone facing difficulties that may lead to homelessness to seek help."

View additional details about the Homelessness Prevention Grant 2022-23 Exceptional Winter Top-Up Allocations.