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Funding boost to support rough sleepers

Released: Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Vital support for rough sleepers across Adur and Worthing is set to be stepped up thanks to a funding boost of more than £400,000.

The government today pledged £421,578 to Adur & Worthing Councils which will ensure it can continue to provide services for some of its most vulnerable residents until the spring of 2021.

Much of the work - which is delivered with valued partners, such as Turning Tides and St Clare's - will be targeted towards immediate support for those in need. Longer-term initiatives to support people into accommodation and work will also be funded from the pot.

Council leaders said the cash boost would ensure it could continue to provide accessible alternatives to those in need and help it continue good work which is helping to lower the number of rough sleepers in the area.

Cllr Carson Albury, Adur District Council's Executive Member for Customer Services, said:

“The number of rough sleepers has been on the rise in coastal towns across the UK - the result of a 'perfect storm' of high rents, a limited supply of affordable housing and changes to the benefits system.”

“However the intervention work we are doing early on means that we are starting to see the numbers in our areas drop, which shows that our approach is clearly working.”

Cllr Heather Mercer, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Customer Services, said:

“We very much welcome this announcement from the government. It allows us to continue our work supporting those who find themselves on the streets, as well as people who are at risk of rough sleeping.”

“It's vital that we work with our range of excellent partner organisations to continue to provide a safety net so that those in need can access the right support at the right time.”

“With early indications showing that the number of rough sleepers is falling in our area, it is a clear sign that the work we are doing with our partners is delivering.”

The funding comes on the back of £340,000 which was awarded to the Council last year.

The previous allocation has been used to fund a dedicated rough sleeper coordinator as well as outreach workers. This is providing greater support to those in need, including assessment beds for those discharged from hospital or mental health units, and a dedicated employment and skills coach to support individuals into work.

It has also funded two accommodation units, three complex needs workers and a mental health support worker. The work has been supported by Turning Tides' Worthing Winter Night Shelter which opened earlier this year.

The work is delivering results with early indications showing the level of rough sleeping has declined from around 26 in 2018 to an average of 15 this current winter.

Photo: Street sleeping in a shop doorway

PR20-001 + PR20-012 - Street sleeping in a shop doorway

Photo: Members of the Street Outreach Team; Council Employment and Skills Coach; Turning Tides Pathway Coordinator; and Turning Tides Substance Misuse Worker

PR20-001 + PR20-012 - Members of the Street Outreach Team

(PR20-012)

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