Homeless Link awards Cold Weather Fund grants to 51 specialist charities

Thursday, 16 January 2020 - 9:00am

Homeless Link has presented grants from the Government’s Cold Weather Fund to 51 frontline charities across the country, with the aim of supporting as many people sleeping rough off the streets as possible this winter.

A total of £991,509 is being distributed to specialist local charities that are not commissioned by local authorities, but that play a key role in helping to end rough sleeping in their communities. Individual grants were for up to £25,000 with three large grants of up to £50,000 awarded to Changing Lives, Derby City Mission and Thames Reach for projects working across multiple local authorities. The full table of grantees can be found below. 

The charities are using the funding to provide additional accommodation to that already provided by the Local Authority to people sleeping rough, or to enhance the support offered in existing winter night shelters or day services to help secure longer-term move-on from homelessness into accommodation. The funding covers projects running between 1 December 2019 and 31 March 2020.

Several projects will provide additional support for marginalised groups including vulnerable women, people who identify as LGBT+, couples, or pet owners. One project will develop mentoring relationships for women and those experiencing multiple disadvantage, and another will fast-track people sleeping rough into private rented accommodation with financial and personal support. The funding will also help extend existing services’ hours, open new night shelters and warm spaces offering facilities and support during the day time, and employ extra street outreach or support workers.

All projects are operating in line with the following principles of best practice:

  • Shelter is immediately available, including to people who are not usually eligible for services, e.g. those with no recourse to public funds
  • People are ‘In for Good’ – once a person is supported to access shelter they are not asked to leave until a support plan is in place to end their rough sleeping
  • Sustainable routes off the street into longer-term accommodation are offered
  • Partnership working occurs with existing services to enhance, not duplicate, provision

Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of Homeless Link, commented:

“Winter is a particularly dangerous time to be sleeping rough and it is essential that targeted support is provided to ensure that as many people as possible are helped off the streets and supported to move on from homelessness for good.

“We are very pleased to offer grants from the Government’s Cold Weather Fund to a large range of charities that we know play a vital role in reducing rough sleeping locally, but who do not get funding from their local authorities. Their projects will address specific needs within their communities, improving the support available during the cold weather, and particularly catering for marginalised groups who may typically struggle to access services.”

Homelessness Minister, Luke Hall MP, added:

“The Cold Weather Fund has meant that local authorities and charities can help vulnerable people get the support they need when they need it most – as temperatures plummet and life on the streets gets harder.

“Due to the success Homeless Link achieved across their two rounds of funding, I allocated additional funding beyond the original £900,000 to ensure more people were able to access life-saving support.

“Last year the number of people sleeping rough fell for the first time in several years. However, we know there is a great deal more to do. As Minister for Homelessness, I will give my utmost to meet our commitment to eliminate rough sleeping by the end of the Parliament.”

Organisations awarded grants from the Cold Weather Fund

Organisation

Project name

Local Authority Area

Region

700 Club

700 club

Darlington

North East

Ace of Clubs

Ace of Clubs

Lambeth

London

Alabare Christian Care and Support

North Wiltshire Cold Weather Provision

Wiltshire

South West

Ashford Place

Boost Up Young Homelessness

Brent

London

Barnabus (Manchester)

Winter Respite

Manchester

North West

Barons Court Project

Barons Court Project

Hammersmith and Fulham

London

Bexhill and Rother Homelessness Community Group/MRS

Safe Space

Bexhill and Rother

South East

Booth Centre

Booth Centre

Manchester

North West

Bradford Cyrenians

Prevent Rough Sleeping

Bradford

Yorkshire and Humber

Caritas Anchor House

Enhancing Move On - For Rough Sleepers

Newham

London

Changing Lives *

Cold Weather Navigators

Northumberland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Sunderland

North East

Coventry Cyrenians

Coventry Winter Accommodation Service

Coventry

West Midlands

Crisis Centre Ministries

Spring of Hope and Bristol Churches Night Shelter

Bristol

South West

Dartford Churches Winter Shelter

Dartford Churches Winter Shelter

Dartford

North East

Derby City Mission *

Derbyshire County Night Shelters and Guest Support

Derbyshire and Mansfield

East Midlands

Emmanuel House

Nottingham Winter Shelter - MR

Nottingham

East Midlands

Folkestone Rainbow Shelter

Folkestone Churches Winter Shelter

Folkestone and Hythe

South East

Forge Project Forge Project North Lincolnshire East Midlands

Hope Housing

Positive Pathways Out of Homelessness Work - Winter Outreach

Bradford

North East

Inn Churches

Inn Churches

Bradford

Yorkshire and Humber

Julian House

Weymouth Safesleep

Weymouth and Portland

South West

King's Lynn Winter Night Shelter

King's Lynn Winter Night Shelter

King's Lynn and West Norfolk

East of England

Lewes Open Door

Lewes Open Door Winter Night Shelter

Eastbourne and Lewes

South East

Mustard Tree

Homelessness Prevention

Manchester

North West

Northampton Hope Centre

Northampton Hope Centre

Northampton

East Midlands

Number 11

Winter Warmer

Stoke-on-Trent

West Midlands

Padley Group

Winter Women's Night Shelter

Derby

East Midlands

Pathways of Chesterfield

Personal Payment Project

Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Bolsover

East Midlands

Pilgrim Hearts Trust

Bracknell Night Shelter

Bracknell Forest Borough Council

South East

Refugee Action Kingston

Housing Advice Desk

Kingston Upon Thames

London

Shiloh Rotherham

Shiloh Rotherham

Rotherham

North East

Shine Development Concept CIC

Pastures Winter Night Shelter

Northamptonshire

East Midlands

Simon on the Streets

NRPF Cold Weather Project

Leeds and Kirlees

Yorkshire and Humber

Smart CJS

Enhanced EEA Support

Bedford Borough Council

East of England

Solo Housing East Anglia Ltd

Accessing support and accommodation in rural areas winter 2019-20 provision

South Norfolk and Breckland

East of England

St Helen's SVP

Winter Shelter

Southend

South East

St Petroc's

Cornwall Cold Weather Provision in Truro

Cornwall

South West

StopGap Supported Housing

StopGap Supported Housing

Northumberland County Council

North East

Thames Reach Charity *

Thames Reach Pan-London

Greater London Boroughs

London

The Cathedral Archer Project

Rough Sleeper Engagement

Sheffield

Yorkshire and Humber

The London and Slough Run Charitable Trust

The Slough Winter Night Shelter

Slough Borough Council

South East

The Upper Room (St Saviour's)

UR4Jobs

Hammersmith and Fulham

London

The Whitechapel Centre

Liverpool Cold Weather Provision

Liverpool

North West

Trinity Winchester

Enhanced SWEP - Creative Solutions for those that need them the most.

Winchester

South East

Vineyard Community Centre

Vineyard Community Centre Winter Services

Richmond Upon Thames

London

West London Mission

Seymour Place

City of Westminster

London

Winter Night Shelter Milton Keynes

Expanded provision for the  2019/20 season

Milton Keynes

South East

Wirral Ark

The Hub

Wirral

North West

Women at the Well

Winter Emergency Welfare Fund

Camden and Islington

London

Wycombe Homeless Connection

Specialist Winter Provision

Wycombe, South Bucks and  Chiltern

South East

YMCA Lincolnshire

Nomad Centre

Lincolnshire

East Midlands

* Denotes organisations that received grants of more than £25,000

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