(Stock photograph taken prior to Coronavirus) Pictured: Cllr Steve Scotthorne, Cabinet Member for Housing and Christine Staniforth, Strategic Housing Manager.
Bassetlaw District Council is creating six new accommodation units to help rough sleepers get off the street and start a journey towards long term housing. Funded by a Next Steps Accommodation Project grant from Homes England (with match funding by the Council), the new units will allow the Council to house individuals who may be refused accommodation by other landlords.
The funding will also see two Tenancy Sustainment Officers recruited, providing support for those moving away from rough sleeping.
Bassetlaw statistics show that people moving directly from rough sleeping into an independent tenancy is extremely difficult to sustain. Out of five new tenancies granted to rough sleepers accommodated due to COVID 19, three have already failed due to anti-social behaviour associated with substance misuse. This is due to a lack of short term and move-on accommodation with support workers. In addition, people who have been sleeping rough for a long time are not tenancy ready and are less likely to adjust to new surroundings and therefore tenancies fail or are not used. By providing two Tenancy Sustainment Officers, the Council will offer support at source to assist with ‘life skills’ as well help with mental health and addiction issues.
Councillor Steve Scotthorne, Cabinet Member for Housing said:
“Getting people off the street is, in some respects the easy bit. Keeping them off the streets is where the hard work really begins. The funding from Homes England and matched by the Council will allow us to help those individuals who we would really struggle to house elsewhere. But just as important is helping people redevelop life skills, to support them in sustaining a tenancy and dealing with mental health and addiction issues. We are targeting those who have been on the streets for a good while and we are realistic in that things aren’t going to change overnight. But with these units and the support that will be in place we believe that we can make a real difference to people’s lives.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, January 27, 2021