Essex councils awarded additional funding to tackle rough sleeping

Friday, October 23, 2020

Five councils across Essex are set to receive a share of £744,440 funding to tackle rough sleeping over the next three years following a successful partnership bid led by Essex County Council.

It was announced in September 2020 that Braintree District Council, Chelmsford City Council, Epping Forest District Council, Maldon District Council and Rochford District Council had been awarded £300,000 to help tackle rough sleeping across the county up to March 2021. The additional funding will provide longer-term support with funding for 52 accommodation units over the next 3 ½ years.

The funding is provided from the Next Steps Accommodation Programme, a government scheme to help rough sleepers who are brought into emergency accommodation in response to COVID-19 and to support efforts to avoid them returning to sleeping rough.

Councillor John Spence, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care said: “We’d like to thank our district and city partners for their fantastic work to provide short-term accommodation over the winter months. This longer-term award is even better news allowing us to provide stable accommodation to former rough sleepers as part of our ambition to end homeless rough sleeping in Essex.”