People sleeping rough in Haringey will be offered new supported accommodation, fostering an environment to rebuild their lives, following a financial boost of over £3million.
This impressive economic injection is funded by the Mayor’s Single Homelessness Accommodation Programme (SHAP) and will go towards acquiring additional homes as well as revenue funding which can be used to support educational, leisure or health and wellbeing activities.
Over £1 million of funding will be used to deliver 20 additional Housing First units across the borough as well as various activities. The remainder will be used to purchase 10 one-bed flats for use by the Housing First service.
With a commitment to end street homelessness in Haringey, individuals allocated into these new homes will be moving on from intensive housing support services – allowing them to create a pathway towards independence and recovery.
In turn, with the previous accommodation now available, this new funding of £3,019,110 will offer others who are currently sleeping rough – who may also have complex needs – to have access to shelter and support.
Haringey are one of very few councils to have secured a substantial grant during this latest round of funding.
Cllr Sarah Williams, Cabinet Member for Housing Services, Private Renters and Planning, said, “Providing our residents with safe and sustainable accommodation is more than just bricks and mortar.
“More often than not, those who have experienced rough sleeping have additional complex needs. Therefore, this crucial funding will not only provide our residents with shelter but also help set up and run a support service which will enhance their recovery and support them back to independent living.
“It’s fantastic that The Mayor of London has recognised this urgency as well as our commitment to help those in our borough. We want to end rough sleeping in our borough, but we can’t do this alone. This financial boost will go a long way and change the lives of many.”