Council outlines £430k plans to tackle homelessness in Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 13:15 12 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:15 12 July 2017

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Welwyn Hatfield Council has outlined how it will invest nearly £430k of ring-fenced funding to tackle homelessness in the borough.

The money has come from a Government grant, which will provide £201,592 for 2017/18 and £228,271 for 2018/19.

A council spokesman confirmed that around £50k has been put aside for both years to specifically reduce the number of rough sleepers in Welwyn Hatfield.

He said a key move will be to commission two Resolve charity workers to deliver outreach services on the streets, signposting anyone sleeping rough to vital support services.

A second strand of this push will be to commission a specialist advisor for Citizens Advice Welwyn Hatfield, who will work three days each week on casework.

Funding will also be invested in a ‘Housing First’ model, as used successfully in Europe to address homelessness.

In addition, the council will work with a homelessness charity to house people with more complex needs, and then look to help address these problems whilst they are living in a safe environment, the spokesman added.

Councillor Mandy Perkins, executive member for planning, housing and community, said: “Our officers already do a huge amount of outreach work with rough sleepers in Welwyn Hatfield and this funding will allow us to deliver more specialist support in helping people overcome complex issues.

“Whilst the Government funding has only been committed for two years, we will ensure that during this time we establish firm pathways and protocols which will continue to help people, even if the funding is not renewed.”

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