Leeds wins £3.4m grant to tackle homelessness

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Leeds has won a £3.4m “windfall” grant from the Government to help the city to tackle homelessness.

The two-year Flexible Homelessness Support Grant will primarily be used to help the council cut down the use of hostels and temporary placements.

A newly published Leeds City Council report detailing the grant says: “The grant allocations for the next two years represent a significant windfall for Leeds City Council and is a positive reflection of the success Leeds has had in preventing homelessness and reducing temporary accommodation placements. The proposals will better enable the council to increase homeless prevention and further reduce temporary accommodation placements.”

Leeds has been allocated £1.636m in 2017/18 and £1.794m in 2018/19.

Councillor Debra Coupar, the council’s executive member for communities, said: “Tackling homelessness is a very big priority for us and we are determined to do everything we can to put roofs over the heads of those who need them and prevent it happening in the first place for people at risk of losing their homes.

“We welcome this two-year settlement, which replaces part of the housing benefit subsidy for temporary accommodation in the private sector and allows us to introduce a new range of initiatives.

“It will enable us to increase levels of frontline staff working directly with people at risk of homelessness on finding housing solutions and put in additional staffing support for rough sleepers to help them find immediate long-term accommodation.”

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