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20 July, 2020 Open access

Government makes £266 million available to local authorities to continue supporting people provided with emergency accommodation during pandemic

Housing Secretary says funding will ensure vulnerable people and rough sleepers continue to have a roof over their heads and are helped into longer-term accommodation

The Government has made £266 million funding available to local authorities to continue supporting people provided with emergency accommodation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Confirming the release of funding after launching its Next Steps Accommodation Programme - to cover property costs and support new tenancies for around 15,000 vulnerable people who were provided with emergency accommodation during the pandemic - the government advises that -

Announcing the launch of the funding, Secretary of State for Housing Robert Jenrick said -

‘The remarkable national effort to support rough sleepers and vulnerable people during this crisis has protected many lives and I am hugely grateful to all those involved. 

We now have a landmark opportunity to break the cycle of rough sleeping and ensure that people do not return to a life on the streets.

Today I am launching the funding to ensure that vulnerable people and rough sleepers continue to have a roof over their heads and are helped into longer term accommodation, enabling them to start to rebuild their lives.’

For more information, see Jenrick launches £266 million housing fund for vulnerable people from gov.uk