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Dudley to get extra money to tackle homelessness

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Dudley Council is set to receive some additional funding to support its work in tackling homelessness across the borough as part of a national pilot scheme.

The West Midlands, along with Liverpool and Greater Manchester will deliver support to rough sleepers through the ‘Housing First Project’ as part of the governments National Rough Sleeping Strategy,

The Housing First pilot project will be rolled out across the West Midlands and will provide intensive support to people with multiple or complex needs who are homeless.

The project aims to help people off the streets and into accommodation first, and then look at what support can be offered to help them to recover from issues such as mental health or substance misuse. This intensive support provided will help to address many of the complex, interconnected issues which are often the reasons behind homelessness. The support provided will help people to tackle the issues they face while addressing the practicalities of sustaining their tenancies.

Councillor Gaye Partridge, cabinet member for housing, said:

No one should have to sleep rough and this is something we take very seriously in Dudley. Our officers respond to reports immediately and do offer accommodation and additional support to those people sleeping rough.
Often the reasons behind a person’s homelessness are extremely complex and may incorporate mental health issues, domestic abuse and substance misuse. Getting people off the streets is the first step in a long process which requires support from a range of agencies. We already have extremely good practice in Dudley and this pilot scheme will allow us to develop this and help other authorities learn from the work that we do.
We encourage people to report anyone they believe to be sleeping rough in our borough to Streetlink or Dudley Council Plus on 0300 555 2345 so we can provide help and support.

Notes to editors:

Further information on the Housing First approach and principles can be found at:
www.hfe.homeless.org.uk

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