Lincoln to benefit from Homelessness Prevention Programme

Karl McCartney JP MP, Lincoln’s Member of Parliament, has welcomed the news that Lincoln will benefit from a share of the Government’s £50 million Homelessness Prevention Programme.

The Programme will provide vital support for people at risk of homelessness, as well as people who have slept rough for a number of years. This includes:

  • a £20 million Rough Sleeping Fund to help new rough sleepers, or people at imminent risk of sleeping rough, get the rapid support they need to recover and move on from a rough sleeping crisis;
  • £10 million of funding for Social Impact Bonds to provide targeted support for vulnerable, entrenched single homeless people. This will build on the success of the world’s first homelessness Social Impact Bond in London; and
  • £20 million for local authorities to trial new initiatives as Prevention Trailblazers, working with a wider group of at risk people to help families and individuals before they reach crisis point.

Local authorities in Lincolnshire will be a direct beneficiary of Social Impact Bonds receiving a total of £1,251,800.

Across all three funds, the Government awarded funding to 84 projects working across 225 local authorities in England, to ensure that more people have tailored support to avoid becoming homeless in the first place, and the rapid support they need to make a sustainable recovery from homelessness. Local authorities will be able to use this funding to bring together a range of local partners to provide an innovative approach to tackling homelessness, with prevention at its heart. 

In addition the Government are supporting Bob Blackman MP’s Homelessness Reduction Bill, which will significantly reform England’s homelessness legislation and ensure that more people receive the help they need to prevent a homelessness crisis in the first place.

Karl McCartney JP MP, Lincoln’s Member of Parliament, said: “I was delighted to learn that various local authorities in Lincolnshire, including Lincolnshire County Council, the City of Lincoln Council and North Kesteven District Council who directly serve my City of Lincoln Constituency, will receive a total of £1,251,800 to provide targeted support for vulnerable, entrenched single homeless people.

“Our Homelessness Prevention Programme, the measures set out in the Homelessness Reduction Bill and our £100 million funding for move-on accommodation will make a huge difference to the lives of the most vulnerable in Lincoln and our society more generally. But there is more work to do across Government and in local areas to ensure that services work effectively together to support people into more independent lives, and prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place. That’s why I will continue to combat the scourge of homelessness in our City.”

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For further information, please contact Karl McCartney JP MP at karl.mccartney.mp@parliament.uk / 020 7219 7221.