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Funding boost for homelessness prevention

Funding boost for homelessness prevention Published Monday, 01 April 2019

Wyre Council has received additional grant funding of £110,000 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for homelessness prevention services.

The funding has been provided to enable the council’s housing options team to prioritise activity which prevents homelessness, which in turn will reduce or eliminate the use of emergency accommodation.

Mark Broadhurst, Service Director Health and Wellbeing at Wyre Council comments: “Thankfully rates of homelessness in Wyre are very low. The housing options team deliver an excellent service with a focus on homelessness prevention.

“The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 placed new duties on local authorities to prevent homelessness at an earlier stage, to ensure that those at risk are provided with comprehensive advice and for that advice to be recorded and shared with the client.

“Our services have mobilised to deliver against these new duties and we have implemented very successful new initiatives supporting residents most at risk of homelessness, including support for those with complex needs. This funding will help us to sustain this support and to keep rates of homelessness in Wyre amongst the lowest in the country.”

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