MORE help will be on offer for homeless people across the region after £2.5million additional Government funding has been secured.
The funds are for the Housing First project to continue supporting hundreds of people who had previously been sleeping rough.
The money not only means the pilot project can carry on, but will be crucial in making sure those people who have already been given a roof over their head can continue to build their life away from the street.
The government announced the funding as part of its new Rough Sleeping Strategy to drive forward its manifesto commitment to end rough sleeping for good.
It comes on top of an initial £9.6million which was initially awarded to the West Midlands Housing First programme.
So far, the scheme has helped 526 individuals across the region by taking them off the streets and getting them better access to supportive services.
Housing First places individuals directly into independent tenancies with no requirement to progress through transitional housing programmes.
They are given a choice about where to live and wraparound support, with the evidence showing that this leads to positive outcomes.
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “Since the very start of my time in office, I have made tackling homelessness a key part of my mayoral mission. The regional Housing First scheme has contributed to reducing rough sleeping across the West Midlands, thanks to some brilliant collaborative work – but there is still more that needs to be done.
“With the additional £2.5million secured for the Housing First scheme in the West Midlands, it gives us the chance to deepen the support we offer to those who have fallen on tough times to rebuild their lives.”
In 2018, £28million was allocated to the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region and pilots were set up to test, if this type of intervention could be successful in supporting those with a long history of rough sleeping.