25th January 2017

Torridge will benefit from over £125,000 funding to help deliver new and expanded services to prevent and reduce homelessness.

Geoffrey Cox, Member of Parliament for Torridge and West Devon, has welcomed the Government’s announcement that Torridge is to receive a share of a £50 million fund for trailblazing new homelessness prevention schemes, including targeted support for those at risk of rough sleeping.

Under the plans, Torridge, with North Devon, is to benefit from £126,000 of the Government’s Homelessness Prevention Programme which means anyone at risk of losing their home will get the help they need more quickly.

This latest support is part of wider range of measures this Government has taken to support people at risk of homelessness. These measures include:

  • protecting and maintaining the funding for councils to provide homelessness prevention services at £315 million by 2020
  • £20 million to support innovative approaches in local areas to tackle and prevent homelessness
  • £20 million rough sleeping prevention fund to help individuals at risk or new to the streets get back on their feet
  • £10 million Social Impact Bond programme to help long-term rough sleepers who may be bouncing chaotically through the housing system

Welcoming the Government’s announcements, Geoffrey Cox said “I am very pleased that Torridge will benefit from this money from the Government prevention programme to help alleviate homelessness. Homelessness in the Torridge area is a continuing problem particularly among young people.”

He continued “There is more work to be done to ensure that services work effectively together to support people into more independent lives and prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place and I continue to press the Government to do all it can to provide opportunities for those who are homeless to be sheltered and fed.”



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