Council secures extra funding to help rough sleepers

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has become one of only two councils in Hertfordshire to secure extra government funding to help tackle rough sleeping in the borough.

Budget announcement

The council was successful in applying for funding of £105,000 from the government's Rapid Rehousing Pathway. The money will be used to commission two specialists, who will be based at Resolve and an extension of the council's existing outreach service, helping people who sleep rough to access the appropriate local services, get off the streets and into settled accommodation.

The new specialists will be called 'navigators' and they will work collaboratively with a range of local partner organisations to support rough sleepers. Navigators will be assigned to rough sleepers who would benefit from tailored support, which will be from their first contact with services through to settled accommodation.

Councillor Nick Pace, Executive Member for Housing and Community, said:

This funding will allow us to develop the outreach work we already do with rough sleepers in the borough and help even more people to find settled accommodation.

Support won't just focus on finding a housing solution, but also help individuals to find employment, undertake training, develop budgeting skills, and help them to become better equipped to keep their accommodation and independence.