Joint Bid Gains £200,000 Grant to Tackle Rough Sleeping

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Dacorum Borough Council and St Albans City and District Council have secured a £150,000 share of the government’s Rough Sleeping Initiative Fund for 2019-2020. Dacorum has also been granted £50,000 to provide outreach services via the fund. This joint bid will allow both districts to reach out to those who live on the streets, as well as the growing number of street beggars who already have a home of their own.

Natasha Beresford, Group Manager for Strategic Housing, said: ‘Dacorum Borough Council is committed to tackling homelessness in the borough. Our approach was endorsed last year when we achieved the ten local challenges set out by the NPSS gold standard, so I am delighted that this grant funding will allow us to expand our activities at no cost to Dacorum’s Council Tax payers. We will now be able to fund initiatives to help those most in need on our streets and signpost them to the services that can help them overcome their problems.’

The Council’s Strategic Housing Team has been proactive in delivering a new homelessness strategy and working to eradicate rough sleeping through their successful ‘No Second Night Out’ campaign.

Dacorum residents who have specific questions about homelessness prevention can email homelessnessprevention@dacorum.gov.uk or telephone 01442 228000 and ask for ‘Homeless Prevention’.

There is more information about housing advice, homelessness prevention and help with people wishing to stay in their own home on the Council’s website: www.dacorum.gov.uk/homeless.