Trafford Council receives £40,000 to help homeless

Trafford Council has been awarded £40,000 by the Government to assist rough sleepers in the borough.

Following a successful bid submission The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has awarded the cash to the Council as part of its Rough Sleeping initiative.

Trafford Council’s Housing Options Service (HOST), will now invest the money  into providing innovative ways to prevent or relieve homelessness including the provision of affordable move-on accommodation in the private sector.

Last year Trafford Council launched its Homelessness Strategy and Action Plan 2019-2024 which aims to prevent homelessness and rough sleeping as well as ending the use of B&B accommodation with a priority to provide more good quality temporary housing. The Strategy also seeks to improve access to employment, education and training for the homeless and make health and wellbeing  a priority.

In 2018/19, Trafford Council rehoused 639 people, prevented 416 people from becoming homeless and dealt with 1,698 homeless applications.

Cllr James Wright, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration, said:

Tackling homelessness is one of the key challenges we face in Trafford, like every other local authority throughout the country. Demand for all types of accommodation has increased and supply has not managed to keep up.

Trafford Council has made tackling homelessness a key priority and we do everything we can to keep people off the streets. I am delighted we have been awarded the £40,000 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government as this will help us continue with our work helping the homeless.”

Posted on Tuesday 28th January 2020