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Cash boost to help Aylesbury's rough sleepers

Cash boost to help Aylesbury's rough sleepers

Published by Mix96 News at 5:51am 20th March 2019.

Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) has been given a cash boost by the government to support rough sleepers in Aylesbury Vale as part of the Rough Sleeping Initiative.  

They've received £208,867 - which is on top of last year's £223,789.  

The Rough Sleeping Initiative Programme has seen AVDC achieve a 60% drop in the number of rough sleepers since November 2017.

It's also led to nearly 30 clients being housed.

The latest round of funding will cover the 2019-20 period and will aim to grow support for those living on the streets of Aylesbury Vale and help them into accommodation.

There'll also be extra support offered to those at risk and sleeping rough during the colder months of Spring, Autumn and Winter.

AVDC will keep working with local homelessness support agencies and charities.

They'll be providing emergency accommodation and assessment as well as mental health support and substance misuse support.

Councillor Mark Winn, Cabinet Member for Communities, said:

"I really welcome this second year of funding from the government which provides us with the opportunity to continue the inspiring work that is going on already with our partners.

It will allow us to build on the successes to date in which 27 rough sleepers have been found accommodation in the first 12 months of the scheme.

"As a result, we will be able to continue to deliver targeted help, support and accommodation, so we can keep helping those still on the streets, who have very complex needs, to realise that they have options which will put them back onto a pathway to permanent accommodation.

"If you're concerned about a rough sleeper, please call StreetLink on 0300 500 0914."

More information on the government's Rough Sleeping Initiative can be found here

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