£464,000 funding to increase rough sleeping outreach work

The money will be used to fund four new posts and extend the existing work up until April 2021.

Rough sleeper sat on the floor with dog on his lap

Coventry City Council has successfully secured £464,000 from the government to help address street homelessness in Coventry.

The money will be used to fund four new posts to work with rough sleepers and extend the existing work of the city’s rough sleeping co-ordinator and two existing outreach workers up until April 2021.

Nursing provision is also likely to be covered along with specific emergency temporary accommodation.

Cllr Tariq Khan, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities said it is an important step in supporting the city’s rough sleeping strategy. He added: “This is excellent news and means that we can continue to build on our work to help and support rough sleepers in the city.

“The funding is needed to support specialist work on drugs and alcohol and mental health. It’s important we approach this in a coordinated way and the links between lots of different agencies have been vital.”

The city recently set out its rough sleeping strategy, which includes a target to eliminate rough sleeping by 2022.

Cllr Khan added: “Agencies work well together in Coventry and this is encouraging news for all of us. We can provide support and can find other services who can help street homeless. We can offer food and shelter and help to find longer-term housing solutions.

“We want people who are in the street to feel valued, but individuals will only engage with organisations when they are ready. We can’t make people take up offers of help – and in many cases, we need to be patient.

“We also know that there is lots more to do.”

Agencies in Coventry working to support people sleeping rough have also recently launched an alternative giving scheme called Change into Action.

Every penny donated is held by the local charity Feeding Coventry, which uses it to help people in need.

Find out more about what local organisations are doing to fight rough sleeping in Coventry here.