21 July 2020
Accommodation Fund Launched to Support Government COVID-19 Homelessness Response
New funding of £266 million available to local authorities, registered providers, and their local partners across England to engage with the next stage of the COVID-19 Rough Sleeping response.The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is providing new funding to local authorities, registered providers, and their local partners to engage with the next stage of their COVID-19 Rough Sleeping response.The overall objectives of the Next Steps Accommodation Programme are to reduce rough sleeping and to seek to ensure rough sleepers brought into emergency accommodation in response to COVID-19, do not return to sleeping rough.There are two different aspects to this fund:
- Shorter-term/interim accommodation and immediate support. The funding can cover a range of interventions, from moves into the private rented sector, to extending or procuring interim accommodation such as hotels or student accommodation and supporting individuals to reconnect with friends or family.
- Longer-term Move-on Accommodation. Organisations wishing to bid must clearly demonstrate in their proposal how the funding will be used to bring forward long-term, move-on accommodation.
- Shorter-term/interim accommodation and immediate support. On 24 June, the Secretary of State announced £105 million to be used for immediate support for local authorities. The £105 million is revenue only and to be utilised in 20/21.
- Longer-term Move-on Accommodation. On 24 May, the Secretary of State announced £161 million for 20/21 (as part of an overall £433 million for the lifetime of this parliament) to deliver 3,300 units of longer-term, moveon accommodation. The £161 million for this financial year is split into £130 million capital funding and £31 million revenue funding.